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Williams Death Shows Depression Doesn’t Discriminate - NFPs


12 August 2014 at 12:56 pm
Lina Caneva
As the world mourns the passing of actor-comedian Robin Williams, depression Not for Profits have used social media to promote helplines and assistance for those struggling with depression.

Lina Caneva | 12 August 2014 at 12:56 pm


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Williams Death Shows Depression Doesn’t Discriminate - NFPs
12 August 2014 at 12:56 pm

As the world mourns the passing of actor-comedian Robin Williams, depression Not for Profits have used social media to promote helplines and assistance for those struggling with depression.

 
The late actor-comedian Robin Williams.

National depression NFP beyondblue used its Facebook page to warn that depression doesn't discriminate.

“Anyone, no matter how successful they are through the eyes of another, can be affected. Familiarise yourself with the signs & symptoms today: http://bit.ly/1pLHjfS.

“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and everyone who was inspired or delighted by Robin Williams. If you are worried about someone close to you, or just want to talk it through, our Support Service can help – 1300 22 4636 or www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport

Lifeline has urged Australians to support each other in sad times, knowing that many are feeling a sense of incredible loss from the news of the death of Robin Williams.

“These are times for us to support each other, to share our sense of profound loss and sadness,” Lifeline Chairman John Brogden said.

“Robin Williams was someone who came into the hearts and lives of generations of Australians. We were struck by his brilliance and his humanity.

“In particular, Robin Williams tackled the issues and challenges in life many of us have experienced. To hear today of his tragic death leaves us feeling bewildered.

“Lifeline is there for anyone who wants to talk or chat with us at this time.

“We encourage all media outlets to include help seeking messages in their reporting, and/or direct people to the tools on our website at www.lifeline.org.au.”

While the news shocked the entertainment world with fellow actors and fans paying tribute to the Oscar-winning actor, even US President Obama took to Twitter to express his condolences.

The statement, tweeted by the White House, reads:

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.

"He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."

Williams, aged 63, was well known for his Hollywood performances but probably was less known for his philanthropy.

It’s understood he supported some 28 charities:

Support is available for those who may be distressed: Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au; Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or visit www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au; or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit www.kidshelp.com.au.

Cover photo (c) Eva Rinaldi 

Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.

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