Middle-aged white people in the United States are bucking a global trend as they face an escalation in deaths from suicide, overdose and alcohol related deaths, according to a study from Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University.
Dear Robin McLaurin Williams,
Can you imagine a movie called “Heart Disease Squad”? How about “Cancer Squad”? Those titles would be absurd as well as disrespectful to people whose lives have been hurt by those illnesses, right?
So why is a movie called “Suicide Squad” in the works?
It takes a great deal of courage to acknowledge that you've struggled with suicidal thoughts, or that someone close to you has died by suicide.
Such admissions are rare enough that we do not have common language for them, just as we don't have common ways of discussing mental health and suicide in general. It can be uncomfortable and scary.
It’s the rare suicide article that encompasses what the suicide prevention community feels: heartbreak, grim statistics (nearly 40,000 dead each year) and a desire to speak out about something so culturally subverted that most people don’t even realize they avoid it.
More than two months after actor Robin Williams’ death, suicide prevention crisis lines are still reporting an unprecedented increase in calls, according to Newsweek. Directors attributed the increase to greater awareness due to widespread publication of crisis line numbers and more open discussion of depression and suicide risk.
By Roy K. Bunce
This week we're having a national conversation about suicide and depression, topics too often kept under wraps because of the stigma surrounding them. It comes at a terrible cost—the Aug. 11 death of actor and comedic genius Robin Williams—but gives rise to the hope expressed the morning after his death by NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman that maybe, just maybe, this will be the “turning point where we talk about mental illness in a different way.”