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Williams' Death Brings Depression, Suicide Prevention Back to Light

The death of famed actor and comedian Robin Williams has once again brought to light the issue of depression and suicide.

Williams was found dead Monday morning in his northern California home.  Authorities say it appears Williams committed suicide.  Mandy Grella, a licensed clinical social worker at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, says there are warning signs that a loved one may be depressed or suicidal.

Grella says some of those warning sings include noticing "that a loved one is just being more apathetic, things that used to be important to them are not quite as important, social withdrawal, they're not wanting to spend nearly as much time with friends or family and even talking about ways to kill themselves and making comments about how they feel kind of hopeless."

Grella says if you believe someone you know may be suicidal, you should take it seriously and starting asking that person questions.  She says you should ask that person if they've had thoughts of hurting themselves and if they have a plan.  She says you should then encourage that person to reach out for professional help and be a bridge for that person to get help.

Grella says the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great resource for those in need.  Locally, anyone can call the St. Vincent Crisis Line at 317-338-4800.

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