UK Suicide

The Sad Truth Behind Robin William's Suicide

Matt Clifton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

It still saddens me to hear about the sad, sad loss of a much loved actor, Robin Williams. Robin contributed much effort and passion towards acting, M...

Fuck Suicide

Jane Powell | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Powell

The urgent physical urge to stop everything now is as primal as sex. At that point, ripping off the civilised veneer that the world sees and coming out, is as contrary an idea as putting a hand deeper into a fire. Bad enough you looking at you, which you can't bear to do. To have others see you as you are, right then, is unconscionable.

On Robin Williams

Ruby Wax | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back, it's not funny being funny; it's a killer.

Suicide Is a Global Healthcare Crisis

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

The collective grief around the death of Robin Williams has been remarkable, but not at all surprising... what I cannot understand is why there isn't a similar collective public call to urgently address suicide. This is a healthcare crisis - indeed, it has been one for some time.

Spark of Madness

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Robin Williams' death is everywhere this week. It's been on my mind as to whether or not I would post something about it, as I have really mixed feelings about the general furore that follows the death of a celebrity, whether accidental or in this case, probably not so much.

Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Tells Depression Sufferers 'F**k You, Then Kill Yourself'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has been criticised for insensitive comments he made about depression and suicidal thoughts. During an interview with So...

Robin Williams - Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Stephen Liddell | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Liddell

The sad news of Robin Williams untimely death this week has brought forth the expected tide of tributes to this man who made millions laugh around the world and rightfully so.

Media Coverage Of Williams' Death Slammed By Depression Sufferers

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Despite detailed guidelines provided by the Samaritans on how to treat Robin Williams' suicide, much of the media coverage of the actor's death has be...

Robin Williams Didn't Recover From Depression, But That Doesn't Mean You Can't

Danny Baker | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

One Facebook status that alarmed me greatly. "If Robin Williams, with all the money and resources he had at his disposal, wasn't able to recover from depression, then what hope do I have?" ... I'm going to give you five reasons why you CAN recover from depression, even though Robin Williams sadly didn't.

On Robin Williams and Suicide

Olivia Denyer | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Denyer

The world is reeling in shock that has been likened to when Michael Jackson died: we simply can't believe it... in the wake of such a sudden departure, we should stop to consider that there are millions of people out there suffering with depression, and not all of them are getting the help that they need.

How Tragic Celebirty Suicides Should Teach Us to Value Simplicity

Laura French | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura French

It would be misinformed to imply that the suffering of Robin Williams and so many other ill-fated stars has been brought on solely by their fame, their 'success', of course. It's both impossible and futile to say whether the pressures of fame cause those conditions or whether those conditions motivate the vulnerable to pursue that fame. But what I think is important is to draw what positivity we can from such a tragedy.

Na-Nu Na-Nu

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Zoe Clark-Coates

What a tragic loss to the world of comedy. Without writing any more words you know who I am speaking of....the legend that is Robin Williams.

Robin Williams' Death Prompts Warning To Media Over 'Irresponsible' Reporting Of Suicide

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

A leading mental health charity today said it plans to launch complaints against sections of the British media after graphic details of the suicide of...

Jessica Elgot

There Is A Big Problem With Tweeting 'Genie, You're Free'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

It is a powerful and deeply moving image of one of Robin Williams' most beloved characters, the genie embracing Aladdin as he is finally given his fre...

Robin Williams News Conference Reveals Comedian Was Found Hanged

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Actor Robin Williams was found hanged in his bedroom at his California home, an official has said. The Mrs Doubtfire star was discovered by his person...

Laughter Is Not Happiness: Comedy and Depression (Robin Williams 1951-2014)

Julian Dutton | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Julian Dutton

After Robin Williams' (probable yet unconfirmed at the time of writing) suicide at the age of just 63, the question is once more in the air - are comedians more prone to depression than, say, plumbers, gamekeepers or human resources managers? Does the iconic 'tears of a clown' cultural trope have any basis in fact? My instinct is to say no, it doesn't - but it is just that, instinct, for I have no data. It is a difficult case to prove, for the evidence to the contrary seems so overwhelming. When a comedian like Robin Williams or Tony Hancock takes their own life, with all the consequent publicity engendered by those tragedies, it is definitely tempting to conclude 'there goes another one.'

Bedroom Tax Stress Drove Woman To Suicide

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

The demands of the Bedroom Tax drove a mother-of-two to walk out in front of a lorry on the M6, an inquest has heard. Stephanie Bottrill, who had t...

We Owe It to Robin Williams to Talk About Mental Health

Ryan Love | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Love

People see what they want to see. And when they can't see depression, it's very easy to forget that it even exists. There's no badges, no big flashing arrow above our heads; the requirement is suddenly on the sufferer to be the person to say it. And if you know depression, you know that that isn't going to be easy.

Robin Williams Has Died and It's a Very Sad Day

Carina Maggar | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

What is most heart-rending about this news is the contradiction- a man who exudes laughter, yet who is suffering from endless sadness. It just goes to show how one person's exterior doesn't always match the battles they are fighting within.

This Footage Of Robin Williams Talking About Suicide Will Break Your Heart

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Poignant footage of Robin Williams addressing the act of suicide is circulating as the world tries to come to terms with his death. The clip, from...

According To Variety Mrs Doubtfire 2 Is 'Now In Doubt'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

In what may yet be one of the most self-evident sentences written in magazine history, Variety magazine wrote in the hours following Robin Williams' d...

Actor Robin Williams Found Dead At California Home

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Robin Williams has been found dead at his home in California. He was 63. The actor, best known for turns in Dead Poet's Society, Good Will Hunting and...

Teenage Boy, 14, 'Committed Suicide After Video Of Him Masturbating Went Viral'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

A 14-year-old boy killed himself after a video of him masturbating in a school bathroom went viral, his parents claim. Matthew Burdette took his o...

The Dirty Secret of the Happiness Movement: A Focus on Raising Average Happiness May Be Costing Lives

Ed Pinkney | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

It's easy to say what matters most is happiness. It's easy to say we should put people's happiness first. It's easy to say that something is good because it makes the majority of people happy. What's not so easy is to talk about whether the happiness of some may be coming at a human cost.

Recession 'Led To 10,000 Suicides'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Lost jobs, plummeting home values and a stock market free-fall led to a huge rise in suicides during the recent recession, according to a new study. ...