Success beyond most individuals’ wildest dreams; one of the most recognizable figures on the planet; wealth; fame; the “love” of millions throughout the world … and DEPRESSION.
On August 11, 2014, talented comedian and actor Robin Williams committed suicide.
Many people believe that depression and suicide only affect certain people … the “loner,” someone with financial difficulties, the person who has suffered abuse, the victim of unheard of violence, single people … unhappily married people, those who haven’t gotten their “deserved” promotion or, maybe just the “odd ball” no one talks to.
Depression and suicide don’t discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, social status, fame or fortune. All of us have the potential to be depressed or suicidal. In fact, pretty much everyone will, at some point in their lifetime, experience a bout of depression and may even contemplate suicide.
There is Help
If you know someone is depressed, be their lifesaver. Get them the help they need. If you are depressed, tell someone, ask for help. Be your lifesaver! The reality is that police work makes us naturally inquisitive, if not a bit suspicious, of others’ motives and intent. These characteristics can serve a protective function in the field. You can also put these skills to use when you think someone you know may be depressed or suicidal. You can only get someone who’s suicidal the help they need IF you know they need it. DO NOT be afraid to ask them directly if they are thinking of killing themselves.
At BSS, we’ve created a simple, straightforward three-step guide to help you help someone who is potentially suicidal.
Ask directly if someone is thinking of killing themselves.
Care, listen attentively to their problems.
Transport then to help, immediately.
And don’t delay – time is of the essence!
For more information, including a printable copy our suicide prevention guide, please click here.