From Hollywood to Hartford, Experts Discuss Robin Williams Death

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At the Institute of Living in Hartford they are using the tragic death of Robin Williams to amplify the need for mental health services and awareness.

Dr. Hank Schwartz is the psychiatrist-in-chief at the Institute of Living, and he noted that suicide can effect people from any income bracket.

"Severe depression doesn't take into account your status in life or how much money you have," Schwartz said. "It can be a terribly debilitating disorder and sometimes, even with the best of treatment, people come to suicide."

Schwartz agreed that, in some way, Williams suicide will hopefully help those struggling with mental illness going forward.

"Perhaps it will help the next person not to let the depression and the pressure get so far without seeking help and really address what is going on," he said.

Schwartz put an emphasis on watching for the signs of depression: loss of appetite, loss of engagement in the world, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness.

"Pay attention and get help as early as you can, a good place to start is with your family doctor," Schwartz advised.

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