The tragic death of Robin Williams has focused public attention on the role of mental illness in suicide crisis.
It’s also created a sense of urgency to reach out on behalf of those who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts.
If you are concerned that a friend, loved one, co-worker or other person is in danger, ask them outright if they are thinking about suicide. You will not be giving them the thought for the first time. In fact, that is one of the most persistent myths about suicide.