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Health Works: Death of Robin Williams highlights mental health issues, how to get help

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(WJBK) -  The death of Robin Williams brings to light the topic of suicide and mental health.
 
 Fox 2's Deena Centofanti tells us how suicide is preventable.

If there's anything the death of Robin Williams can teach us, it's that anyone can suffer from mental illness like depression -  but finding help is critical.

Williams' death was shocking to many, but we  know he was battling severe depression. Ninety percent of those who die by suicide, suffer from mental illness.

And usually, there are signs.

"What you want to look for is someone being withdrawn, giving away things they like," said Jill Wasserman, a counselor at Mental Health of Michigan. "Writing poems about death or listening to songs about death."

Wasserman says talking to someone about their suicidal thoughts can be a good first step.

"I think it's important to talk about it," Wasserman said. "There is a common misconception that if you talk about suicide it puts the idea in someone's head and they would do it, and that's false.
"By talking about it, it allows the person to open the discussion, talk about it, and get the help that they need."
 
If you suspect someone is at risk for suicide - take it seriously. encourage them to get help  and the solution often isn't simple. It can take time to find the right doctor or medication, but know that with treatment, suicide is preventable.

Whether that's seeing a mental health professional, being on medication, seeing primary care physician if something is not right.. It is preventable.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

More resources are available on the Health Page.


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