Family, friends, and fans are still mourning the death of Robin Williams. His suicide is bringing awareness to an issue that people all over the world, and here in West Virginia deal with.
Depression and suicidal thoughts do not happen to a specific age, gender, religion, or social standing.
Even though someone in the spotlight that commits suicide brings awareness to the problem, it's a common occurrence. West Virginia Suicide Prevention said more than 100 lives are lost every day in the US from suicide but there is help.
"If people see a star or somebody with a lot of money and a lot of resources who feels like 'I can't make it, I need to end my life," said Bob Musick, the CEO of the West Virginia Council on the Prevention of Suicide. "Does that mean that people without a lot of money or resources think, 'I'm depressed, there's just nothing left for me?' It's just not true. We're all individually different. I don't care where you live, there is help."
In West Virginia, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds, and the 11th overall cause of death.
The West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide says there are signs for depression that could lead to suicide. These include extreme hopelessness, lack of interest in usual activities, heightened anxiety or panic attacks, talking about suicide or previous attempts, insomnia, irritability and agitation.
The council says suicide is a preventable death and that most individuals desperately want to live. It says people closest to them can help.
"First of all, it's okay to use the word suicide," said Musick. "There's a lot of debates on use of the word may bring them to it, or they might not have thought about it until you said suicide. The experts in the field say no, you go ahead and use it. And it's okay to ask."
If you need help or think you know someone who does, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800 273-TALK (8255).