Robin Williams death shines light on mental health awareness

FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing to promote his film, "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif.  Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing to promote his film, "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The death of Hollywood comedic icon Robin Williams has shined a spotlight on mental health. While Williams’ medical condition was severe, and had many layers, there are millions of people who struggle with depression. Even many famous faces have admitted to having trouble with depression.

Many comedians have admitted to depression, including Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey and Jim Carrey.

Because there is still a social stigma when it comes to mental health issues, a local expert says many people suffer in silence.

“People still often equate depression or any mental health issue or addiction issue with a personal weakness, which it’s not,” says Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kimble Richardson. “It’s a medical condition which deserves and warrants treatment and help. People are afraid sometime to talk about it, because they’re concerned that other people are going to think that they’re crazy or they’re weak, or they just don’t want to be judged and that’s understandable.”

Experts say to look out for changes in appetite or mood or trouble concentrating or sleeping, as those are all signs of depression. But Richardson says there are lots of ways to get help. Here are some resources:

 

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