Tallahassee Residents Remember Robin Williams

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Updated By: Emily Johnson
August 12, 2014 6PM

Tallahassee, FL - We're learning that the 63-year-old Robin Williams battled severe depression.

We talked with a local organizations to gain a better understanding and be more aware of suicide warning signs.

211 Big Bend is a hotline number that provides suicide prevention and information support 24 hours a day.

The operators are trained in crisis intervention and go through a series of questions when a person calls in with suicidal thoughts.

"What we do is really allow the person to talk about the reasons they want to die. We establish whether they're thinking of killing themselves, have they had these thoughts in the past," said Murdina Campbell, 211 Big Bend Director of Hotline Programs.

Dr. Larry Kubiak, Director of Psychological Services at Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center said Robin Williams' death is bringing awareness of the signs of suicide and what can be do to prevent it. Kubiak said it starts with being aware of your behaviors.

"You have a lot more energy or a lot less energy...you fell hopeless...you feel guilty," said Dr. Kubiak.

Dr. stresses family and friends need to pay attention as well and try talking to them about what they're feeling.

"When you observe their behavior changing from what is typical of them don't be afraid to ask them have you thought about hurting yourself, that may be the step that allows them to talk about it more be able to seek professional attention if need be if it's that serious."

If you or someone you know if looking for help you can call the Big Bend hotline number at 211 or the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

By: Emily Johnson
August 12, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The death of Robin Williams has shocked the nation. He was truly an icon to so many who watch his movies. In a statement released yesterday Williams' wife Susan Schneider said, "I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists."

He'll be remember for his roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Jumanji, Aladdin, The Birdcage and many others.

"I cried, he was so funny so wonderful. From Jimanji to Hook to all those movies he was in and he had such a breath of talent to do so many things," said Steven Johnson.

"He made me live life. He's really funny, I always laughed. I would watch one of his movies and I would be sad and then by the time I'm done with the movie I'm happy and ready to go," said Andasia Brown.

"Honestly when I found out he died I was heart broken. I've never really had a emotional connection to a celebrity that passed away but I felt something when he did. I grew up watching his movies like Hook and Flubber, Mrs. Doubtfire a part of my childhood died when he passed away," said Chelsea Pittman.

"He was just a great person. I did actually get the chance to meet him once. He was not like any other actor, because when I had the opportunity to meet him, he treated me like a friend," said Eugene Johnson.

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