A CHARITY in Gloucestershire which helps bring people back from the brink of suicide has said the death of film star Robin Williams could prompt more people with depression to ask for support.
The father-of-three, who was found dead at his San Francisco home on Tuesday, was suffering a severe bout of depression, his publicist said - a disease he had battled with for years.
Just as the death of celebrity Jade Goody from cervical cancer saw an upturn in smear tests, and Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a mastectomy prompted others to be screened for an inherited breast cancer gene, the death of the Good Will Hunting star could highlight the issue of depression, Joy Hibbins, from Cheltenham-based Suicide Crisis, believes.
She said: “Depression is a cruel illness that takes so many people from us. It profoundly changes your thought processes and your view of the world – and how you view yourself.
“I was extremely sad to hear about Robin’s death. Many of us grew up seeing Robin in the role of Mork (a much-loved character on television) and he was, in a sense, part of our childhoods.
“Men are three times more likely than women to complete suicide.
“There is a belief that men are less likely than women to seek help when they are suicidal.
“Our service shows that they are seeking help. We need to do all that we can to ensure that this continues.”
If you need help call visit www.suicidecrisis.co.uk or call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.