Monday’s news of Oscar-winning actor and comedic genius Robin Williams’ suicide shook the entire nation. How could someone so successful, who made millions laugh and who worked tirelessly for the homeless, reach such depths of despair?
“Anyone who thinks of suicide is in a very deep emotional place,” says Norma Rutledge, executive director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. “They feel hopeless and don’t know where to turn.”
According to Williams’ publicist, Mara Buxbaum, Williams was battling clinical depression and had been in rehab over the summer. His battle with both depression and substance abuse were topics he discussed openly, often with his inimitable humor.