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"Can you imagine the pain he felt as he experienced himself disintegrating?"
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The "big tent" factor of both American parties and the constraints of the "winner-take-all" presidency makes for some particularly strange bedfellows. But is the two-party system under attack this election cycle? It certainly seems so -- and it could well be to Secretary Hillary Clinton's advantage.
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When we lose a role model, we realize that the gap they've left behind, but it also brings to light the fact that others will have to fill that gap. There will be young minds who need someone to look up to, and that's a big pair of shoes to fill.
Teachers: we have this year to write a part for ourselves in a child's life. To write a scene for ourselves in a student's life. To influence a young person, a teenager, a young adult in the writing of their life account. It might seem a small role. But we are crucial in that we are those who can make a difference.
Once again, we miss him even more.
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I'm writing this a few days after the anniversary of the death of Robin Williams. I know it's a little late and this post would have been more appropriate on August 11, rather than now. But I've spent...
You'll laugh, you'll sing, but most of all you'll continue the memory of a great talent.
On August 11, 2014, Robin's life shockingly ended in suicide. Much commentary ensued over the past year. On this first-year anniversary of his passing, it seems more than appropriate to ask the question: What have we learned from Robin Williams' suicide?
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Robin Williams is about to touch our hearts in a dramatic film just one last time. The trailer for "Boulevard," the last film in which he appears on screen, was posted to YouTube on Wednesday. And jus...
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge a...
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The death of comedian Robin Williams last month sparked a worldwide discussion about suicide, its underlying causes and how it might be prevented. And, with World Suicide Prevention Day taking place Sept. 10, the subject is certain to generate more debate as people seek to understand this important health issue. Having spent 10 years researching the subject while working as a professor of psychiatry, I believe there are things we can do as a community to tackle this problem. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to reflect on what researchers have learned over the years about strategies for preventing suicide.
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In Canada, I quickly realized, depression is one of the only life-threatening illnesses that you have to be rich to get proper treatment for. Since 1961, Canadians have taken care of our neighbours, our family, and our friends if they have illnesses like heart disease, or diabetes. But if they're suicidal or depressed? We've basically said tough luck -- deal with it yourself. This while more people are actually suffer from mental health issues each year then heart disease and diabetes combined.
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Some with Bipolar or other mental health issues but they had one advantage that Robin Williams did not (I really wasn't going to say me, please)... they had not learned how to succeed in life. They were stuck and nothing before our work had worked.
The 2014 Emmy Awards was a night to honour some of television's finest actors, but between the makeout sessions, the red carpet and the golden statues, Hollywood also took a moment to remember its fal...
I have my own ideas about what it means to control your own life and the right a person should have to end that life if they choose. But I'm not writing this to spout my opinion on suicide. I'm writing this to tell a story I'll never have the chance to tell Robin Williams, as if I would've had a chance of ever meeting the man.
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A week after news of American actor and comedian Robin Williams’ death rippled through Hollywood, “Late Show” host David Letterman aired his own tribute to his late friend on Monday. Before the two co...
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On March 11, 2001, a woman named April died by suicide. Her friend Jenn was the one who found her. It was an extremely traumatic event in Jenn's life. It transformed her entire world. Let's encourage others to have careful and candid conversations about suicide. For Jenn's family, suicide exists at the dinner table and at every family gathering, because there's always an empty chair. But most families are not having these conversations.
I read Zelda Williams's tribute to her dad. I could barely focus on the accolades because my mind zeroed in on the few words "While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay..." Because that's the bottom line. His children loved him deeply, and he loved them, and yet, all that love was insufficient to keep him here...Or rather, the pain was just too much. That scares me.
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A petition to name a character after Robin Williams in the next edition of the "Legend of Zelda" video game has earned over 100,000 signatures, and has now garnered a response from Nintendo itself. T...
My words and my confessions got you thinking? Good because that is my goal. Stop trying to be the strong one -- if you do so for too long you are going to end up like me. Tell yourself that if you think you mean nothing to the world there is at least one person who thinks you are the world.
UPDATE: Tyler Boyco is now selling prints through this site. A Peterborough, Ont. artist is stunned after a graphic he designed of Robin Williams' most-beloved movie roles blew up online. Tyler Boyc...
Everyone feels sad from time to time. But when the sadness doesn't stop and emotions start to interfere with life, that person may be depressed. Winston Churchill called his depression his "black dog."
I understand why people kill themselves. I think about it every day. That's not an exaggeration. It varies how much I think about it each day, but there hasn't been a day in the last six months that I haven't thought about it, and it's been this way since I was about 10. Very very occasionally I get a day where I'm struggling really bad, but I don't want to be dead. But it's not often.
Like millions of others, Michael J. Fox was “stunned” to learn that late actor and comedian Robin Williams was living with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease before his death. The Edmonton-born a...
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Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he was found dead on Monday, according to his widow Susan Schneider. "Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled wi...
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UPDATE: Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he was found dead on Monday, according to his widow Susan Schneider. Robin Williams will be laid to rest at a "very private"...
I cried a lot, and slept when I could, and felt like shit. I can't even tell you how shitty I felt because there's actually no way to articulate it. I didn't want to die, but I felt like I was completely out of control, because I was, and that shit is scary. And of course, no one knew. I told no one. I acted fine, just like I still do, because I don't really like to talk about this kind of shit. Those emotions have been catalogued and put away.
So many laughs and images are conjured in my mind when I think of Robin Williams. Whether he was shouting "Good Morning Vietnam" or giving a whole new image to cross dressing as Ms. Doubtfire, Robin W...
Only Robin Williams could describe Canada like this. The actor was no stranger to the country, having made films such as "Jumanji" and "Good Will Hunting" in the Great White North. His fondness for C...
Actor. Comedian. Gamer. Robin Williams was all of these things, and now a petition is calling on Nintendo to name a non-playing character in the next "Legend of Zelda" game after the beloved performer...
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A certified comic genius, Robin Williams once said, "You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." But some wonder whether that "little spark" mi...
The family of legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams remembered the Oscar winner on Tuesday. Williams's three adult children expressed a deep love for their father, who was found hanged in...