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Robin Williams Remembered: Crisis Hotlines Available

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - People mourn for the man who kept us laughing. Tributes grow from Robin Williams’ Star on the Hollywood walk of fame to his home in Northern California where the life of this comic genius came to a tragic end.

Officials said Williams died inside of his home from an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. His publicist said Williams had been battling severe depression. Local counselors say the death of Robin Williams could be a chance to save someone else from suicide and depression.

According to State officials suicide is the second leading cause of death in Tennessee for Ages 20-24. It ranks third for ages 15-19. Experts said more than 90 percent of those who have died by suicide had mentioned their thoughts to someone within 3 days of their death. It is because of this that doctors are asking you take anyone’s spoken thoughts or conversations about this sensitive topic very seriously.

Angie Duncan with Crisis Call Center Services in Chattanooga, told Channel 3 Eyewitness News that calls to the crisis hotline have increased since Williams sudden suicidal death.

“I think that really struck a lot of people that maybe have those thoughts and that are depressed,” said Duncan. “It really hit home to people who're struggling with that as well.”

Fans, Comedians, anyone who has seen Robin Williams in Character, Duncan says grief knows no bounds.  The crisis call center is open 224 hours, 7 days a week. It’s connected to a walk-in clinic that workers say is available free of charge to anyone.

“If they need immediate help we send a clinician, a mobile clinician either to their home or where ever they are calling from to evaluate them to try and get them help immediately,” said Duncan.

Clinical social worker Farlie Chastain who also serves as the Director of Clinical Services at Parker Ridge Valley Hospitals, says talking about your feelings with friends and family is the first step you should take.

“it's really nothing to be ashamed of,” said Chastain. “I encourage you to start a conversation you’re not going to increase the risk of suicide by talking about it, it’s quite the opposite… you decrease the risk of suicide by talking,” said Chastain.

Counselors say sometimes the solution may be just as simple as having a conversation with someone who cares.

“lots of people think they have to just cope with it,  muddle through it and that's just not the case there are lots of treatments available….don’t let fear or shame or anything cost you your life it’s better to get help,” said Chastain.

If you or a loved one needs help, call the National Suicide prevention lifeline at 1800-273-TALK. You can also visit Tennessee’s Suicide Prevention Network online at tspn,org
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