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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Robin Williams’ death: Where to go for help?

When I heard about the death of Robin Williams, I felt profoundly sad [“Actor Robin Williams dies at 63,” Nation & World, Aug. 11]. The words of his wife resonate: “This morning I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.” She wanted to focus on his life rather than his death.

Robin Williams “appeared” to have it all — love, fame, creativity, wealth, and the ability to make others happy.

We never know what goes on in the mind of others. Do we, as a society truly understand deep mental anguish and addiction?

The suicide rate in the U.S. has slowly, but steadily, been going up each year.

If people like Robin Williams, who was able to check himself into expensive rehab centers, die due to “battling severe depression,” what is the hope for others who can’t afford such help?

Ellen Reichman, Kirkland

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