The Aug. 11 suicide of comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams stunned individuals around the world. Both celebrity costars and everyday fans alike have shared feelings of disbelief, grief and wishes that he had gotten help to prevent such a tragic loss. The Hollywood reporter quoted Williams’s publicist as saying the star recently had been battling “severe depression.”
And while millions of Americans are directly affected by the more than 37,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made every year by friends or loved ones, there is hope: Suicide is preventable. And there are places to turn for help.
There are resources to help Marylanders grappling with suicidal thoughts, behaviors or impulses. The Maryland Crisis Hotline is 1-800-422-0009. This is a statewide, 24-hour crisis intervention and supportive counseling hotline for suicide, family and relationship problems, shelter needs, violent or threatening domestic situations, loneliness, depression, chemical dependency issues and others crises. Likewise, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected to 24-hour crisis support counseling from a local center.
The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling The Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009.
Risk factors for suicide
(From the Suicide Prevention Resource Center)
Again, the Maryland Crisis Hotline is 1-800-422-0009. For more information, visit http://www.dhmh.maryland.gov/suicideprevention/sitepages/home.aspx.
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