As soon as we heard about Robin Williams, my son and I reached out to one another for comfort. We both love pretty much every movie Robin Williams has done. My favorite, Good Will Hunting. My son was struggling to remember a movie where Robin played a robot trying to understand how to be a human — it took us awhile, but we found it, Bicentennial Man. He’s done so many excellent films, it’s hard to choose just one. I know you have one or two of your own as well. It is hard to say goodbye to such a talented man, he will be greatly missed.
In both these films, Robin’s character steps beyond that cordial line of connecting with others and digs deeper to reach the more personal, intimate connection with his fellow human beings. Often times this is just what is needed when someone is struggling with thoughts of suicide.
I recently attended a workshop sponsored by Kitsap Mental Health Services. During our time together we talked about suicide and how one can help if someone they know or love has expressed suicidal thoughts. The answer… reach out to them, be non-judgmental, listen, make yourself available, and get help from an agency specializing in crisis prevention. Call the Suicide Help Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
There are several resources available online and in print that provide support to those who are in crisis. For information on helping someone who has expressed suicidal thoughts please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas serves Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties and is also the local National Suicide Prevention Lifeline affiliate. If you are in emotional distress, having thoughts of suicide, or if you want to help others by volunteering please call 360-479-3033 or 800-843-4793.
Kitsap Mental Health Services is a private, not-for-profit community mental health center that provides both mental health and behavioral health care services to children, families, adults and seniors in Kitsap County.
Win 2-1-1 maintains a statewide database for health and human service information. 2-1-1 is an easy phone number to remember and once dialed, will connect you to local resources.
And finally there are materials in the library that also provide help. When Living Hurts by Sol Gordon and Take the Dimness of my Soul Away by William Ritter are just two to mention, but there are others.
My heart goes out to the family, friends, and fans of Robin. May all the wonderful work he has done comfort us now and in the future.