Grieving mother launches drive to reform emergency psychiatric units.

By late November, Ottawa wedding photographer Ryan Parent was in crisis. He was struggling under the weight of depression and anxiety, a burden made worse by his fear of returning to hospital.

Parent, 37, had gone to The Ottawa Hospital in June because a friend was alarmed by his manic behaviour and by his online posts about the Earth being flat.

In the emergency department, doctors referred him to the hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) unit for a more thorough assessment.

Both the General and Civic campuses have secure PES units inside their emergency departments. The units feature spartan, windowless rooms to limit the visual stimulation of patients. They’re designed to ensure that both patients and staff are safe while the individual is assessed and a mental health referral is made.

Parent spent 56 hours in one of the rooms at the General campus, waiting for a bed to open up on the hospital’s psychiatric ward. Ryan’s grandmother, Ruby Parent, visited him in the PES unit on June 3. She said his room opened to a small anteroom, from which a locked door led to the hospital hallway. The anteroom featured a window with bars through which patients could speak to a nurse.

This is a picture that Ryan Parent took of his room at The Ottawa Hospital’s PES unit. OTTWP

Ryan, she said, was well treated by staff and received permission to go for a walk. “But it was not a nice place, it was just like a cave,” she said, “and I think it must have been very despairing for him.”

A bed did not become available, so Parent was eventually discharged without a new diagnosis. At home, he told his mother he would never go back to what he called “that jail cell.”

“He said it was the most traumatic time of his life,” said his mother, Ellen Parent.

Ryan continued regular visits with an outpatient psychiatrist, but his mental state declined that summer. His fear of returning to The Ottawa Hospital mounted.

On the evening before he died, Ryan was in a paranoid state. He closed all the blinds, set the family’s home alarm system and discussed with his mother his fear that he had done something wrong, and would be locked up. They talked about going back to the hospital for help the next day.

“On the morning of his death, Ryan came into my room and said that he loved me but that he didn’t want to go back to the hospital,” Ellen Parent said. She told Ryan that was OK.

Ryan returned to his room. Later that morning, Parent discovered him slumped in his closet. He had hanged himself.

“My son who so badly wanted to live took his own life,” said Parent, who firmly believes her son’s experience in the PES unit played a role in his death.

“I do feel strongly about the fact that the ‘cell situation’ prevented Ryan from seeking more help — he was left with feelings of hopelessness and unrelenting fear. … I’m not saying that was the cause of his suicide, but he became terrified of the hospital.”

Ryan Parent is not the only patient who has been unsettled by the hospital’s secure and sterile PES unit. This newspaper spoke with two other psychiatric patients who were also disturbed by their experiences in the units.

But Dr. Katharine Gillis, head of The Ottawa Hospital’s department of mental health, defended the PES units as state-of-the-art.

She said they were created to give patients a private, safe and calming environment where they could be assessed by a dedicated team that includes psychiatrists, mental heath nurses and social workers. Previously, Gillis said, people who were having a mental health crisis were assessed in boisterous emergency departments, often in cubicles that offered little privacy.

Many people who come into the PES unit, she noted, are having an acute mental health crisis. “You have individuals who are really struggling: They’re over stimulated; they’re sensitive to their surroundings, to people being around,” Gillis said. “So we deliberately, in crafting these types of spaces, aim to have them provide low stimulation.”

Security measures, she said, are tailored to the individual. “When we think about a good patient experience, I think safety is an essential component.”

Although she could not speak to the specific details of the Ryan Parent case, Gillis said secure, low-stimulation PES units are now a standard hospital feature. “These elements may potentially appear unusual to someone who may see it, but these things are really part of what we want for this very acute, agitated phase,” she said. “This is not unique to The Ottawa Hospital.”

Dr. Gillis said there’s no defined limit of time for a patient stay in the PES unit. Staff will take the time they feel is appropriate to make a good assessment, she said, while keeping patients reassured and informed about the process.

“Our patient guiding principles are respect, compassion and safety,” she said.

Ellen Parent, however, contends the units are inhumane; she wants to see them eliminated.

“I feel it’s my duty to try to prevent anyone else from every going through that experience again,” she said. “A patient in distress does not need to be put in solitary confinement for hours on end.”

Ryan is not the only patient who has expressed concern about the units.

Joanne, 34, said she was three months pregnant and extremely depressed when she went to The Ottawa Hospital in April 2016. She went to the emergency department and explained to medical staff that she could not stop crying. She said she was having suicidal thoughts.

Joanne said she was sent to the PES unit for a psychiatric assessment. She spent 24 hours in the unit before being transferred to the hospital’s psychiatric ward.

“It was a very scary experience,” Joanne said of her stay in the PES. “It honestly felt like a jail cell.”

Joanne would spend two months in hospital and be diagnosed with depression, an eating disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. But it is her time in the PES that bothers her most.

“I would like them to remove it or at least don’t make it seem like we’re in jail,” said Joanne, who gave birth to a healthy son late last year. “We have mental illness, but we didn’t ask for that.”

Another psychiatric patient, Deanna, has twice stayed in the PES unit. She suffers from anxiety, post-traumatic stress and chronic pain. She called the unit “a dungeon.”

Deanna said her shoes, clothes and phone were taken when she entered the unit. She had to obtain permission to go outside for a smoke, and was accompanied to the bathroom by staff. (Gillis said security measures are individualized based on an assessment of each patient’s condition.)

Deanna said she felt so humiliated and isolated after her second stay in the PES that she has vowed not to go back.

Now 34, Deanna said the psychiatric ward is a more “humane” place where patients can wander around — the ward’s doors are secured — and visit a common area to read, watch TV or talk. She said she’d like to see the PES units revamped along similar lines.

“I don’t want to be treated like I’m an inmate down at Innes (the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre on Innes Road),” she said.

Parent contends psychiatric patients should be treated like anyone else who comes into the hospital, and assessed in the emergency department, not sent to a unit that can magnify their sense of isolation and paranoia. This is the situation at most other Ottawa area hospitals, including the Queensway Carleton Hospital, where a crisis-intervention team assesses acute mental health patients in regular emergency department cubicles.

“It’s just so wrong to send vulnerable people into that cell kind of situation, it has to stop,” Parent said. “I think every day of the people being put in there.”

Gillis said the hospital will be consulting with its patient and family advisory group before designing a PES unit for the new Civic campus, which is expected to open in 2026.

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What Not To Say To Those Struggling With Mental Illness.

For those who are grieving, the holidays are hardly “the most wonderful time of the year.” Not only are they navigating their pain, they’re doing it during a time that’s supposed to be joyous.

Loved ones often try to alleviate some of the grief a person may be feeling by offering helpful phrases or advice, but what may seem like a supportive statement could actually be exacerbating a person’s sadness, Dan Reidenberg, chair of the American Psychotherapy Association, told The Huffington Post.“Certain statements don’t take into account what the grieving person is feeling,” Reidenberg said. “They end up really focused on the person who isn’t grieving.”

Take a look at advice from Reidenberg and a couple of additional experts and avoid these common pitfalls:

1. “Smile, it’s the holidays.”

While this is a good intentioned way of trying to cheer someone up, it may come across as invalidating.

“Statements like these end up sending a message to the grieving person ‘hide your sadness’ or “’it’s not okay to be sad,’” Reidenberg said. “This hurts them, makes them feel more alone and that their grief might somehow be wrong.”

2. “Next year will be better.”

Grief often makes the future look foggy.

“The holidays are filled with memories of good times, happy times, when loved ones and friends shared experiences and made memories together,” Reidenberg said. “Those are now in the past for the person grieving and that is very hard on them.”
Include the individual in your holiday preparations and just spend quality time with them when they need it, Reidenberg suggested. A supportive presence goes further than you think.

3. Any questions about the details of the death.

Curiosity should be stifled in this case, according to Nancy Marshall, a licensed professional counselor and author of Getting Through It: A Workbook for Suicide Survivors.

“Don’t force anyone to tell the story over and re-expose the trauma,” Marshall told HuffPost. “Your right to the ‘news’ does not trump their need for well-being.”

4. “Let’s try not to think about them right now.”

“People have a hard time being around someone who is sad and grieving, so they often try to take their mind off it or somehow make it better and the reality is that sometimes it just can’t be better,” Reidenberg said.

Acknowledging a person’s loss is crucial. Instead, try asking the grieving individual about any traditions they used to love to do with the person who passed, Reidenberg advised. Allow the person to guide you on how much or little they want to discuss.

5. “They’re in a better place.”

It’s easy to default on cliches, but they often come across as impersonal. Phrases like “everything happens for a reason” and “they’re in a better place now,” can often make a person grieving feel even more isolated if they aren’t at a place where they can accept what happened yet, Reidenberg said.

Try saying something like “I can’t imagine how you must be feeling” or “Is there anything I can do for you?” instead. And never underestimate the power of saying that you’re sorry this happened to them.
Ultimately, grief will subside but your support through the process is vital for the person who is in pain.
“It certainly will never be ‘okay’ that this happened, but time will pass and the sharpest pain will recede from consciousness,” Marshall said. “Always be compassionate with yourself as an observer and with your friend who experienced a horrible loss.”


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Ph.D. students face significant mental health challenges.

Approximately one-third of Ph.D. students are at risk of having or developing a common psychiatric disorder like depression, a recent study reports. Although these results come from a small sample—3659 students at universities in Flanders, Belgium, 90% of whom were studying the sciences and social sciences—they are nonetheless an important addition to the growing literature about the prevalence of mental health issues in academia. One key message for scientific trainees that are struggling with these types of challenges, write co-authors Katia Levecque and Frederik Anseel of Ghent University in an email to ScienceCareers, is that “you are not alone.” Beyond that, the authors encourage Ph.D. students to appreciate how important it is to take care of themselves. “Mental health problems can develop into serious threats to one’s wellbeing and career, and can have detrimental consequences in the long-term,” they write. So, if you’re struggling, it’s important to “[s]eek professional help or seek help in your personal environment, even if you think it’s probably a temporary thing.”

According to their survey, 51% of respondents had experienced at least two symptoms of poor mental health in recent weeks, indicating psychological distress. Moreover, 32% reported at least four symptoms, indicating a risk for common psychiatric disorders, which was more than twice the prevalence among highly educated comparison groups. The most commonly reported symptoms included feeling under constant strain, being unhappy and depressed, losing sleep because of worry, and not being able to overcome difficulties or enjoy day-to-day activities. The greatest predictor for experiencing mental health challenges was having difficulty taking care of family needs due to conflicting work commitments. High job demands and low job control were also associated with increased symptoms.

On the plus side, having an inspirational supervisor partially offset these risks. So did interest in an academic career, even among students who thought they had little chance of ultimately making it. Seeing a Ph.D. as good preparation for a nonacademic career and an added value for employers was also beneficial. “When people have a clear vision of the future and the path that they are taking, this provides a sense of meaningfulness, progress and control, which should be a protective factor against mental health problems,” the authors explain.

According to Nathan Vanderford, an assistant dean for academic development at the University of Kentucky in Lexington who also studies mental health in academic trainees, “[t]he study underscores what has long been presumed; that work conditions and career outlook plays a key role in the mental state of PhD trainees,” he writes in an email to ScienceCareers.

“[I]nstitutions, departments and PIs have long ignored the systemic mental health issues among PhD trainees,” Vanderford continues. “Data such as this should make the issues irrefutable and should, for ethical and moral reasons, force the hand of these entities to take on the responsibility of helping to provide PhD trainees with the support they need to navigate the very stressful journey of earning a PhD.” Levecque and Anseel point out that small steps such as facilitating work-life balance or “offering PhD students clear and full information on job expectations and career prospects, both in and outside academia,” could have a significant positive impact.

One message for PIs is that “investing in their own leadership competencies could really make a difference” for Ph.D. students, the authors add. They encourage PIs to take the issue seriously and learn how to spot signs of potential emotional distress. Gail Kinman, a professor at the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom who acted as a reviewer for the paper, agrees. “PIs should look out for students who isolate themselves, who seem anxious and withdrawn, who are not meeting deadlines. Nobody would expect a PI to be able to diagnose mental health problems but they should be able to spot changes in their students and have the knowledge required to refer them for support,” she writes in an email to Science Careers.

Although the survey is specific to Flanders, many of the characteristics of working toward a Ph.D. are similar around the globe, making the findings generalizable, the authors argue. They hope the study, which has generated conversation on Twitter, will help break the silence around mental health issues in academia. “[I]t is a public secret that fear of stigma, retaliation or the expected negative impact on one’s future career often inhibits people suffering from mental health issues to make it public,” they write. This lack of visibility is problematic because feeling isolated can cause students’ mental health to deteriorate even further. It also means that there is less pressure on institutions and people in power to tackle the issue.

Rather than demonizing academia, action should be taken, the authors emphasize. As academics, “[w]e have had our share of struggles and challenges to overcome, but still think this is one of the most rewarding and meaningful careers one can have. So, if there’s a problem, let’s do something about it and make this a great place to work again. For everyone.”

Where To Get Help.

The holidays can be a tough time for many individuals struggling with various forms of mental illness.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

The Canadian Association for Suicide PreventionDepression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868  all offer ways for getting help if you, or someone you know, is suffering from mental health issues.

Don’t hold back and be afraid to reach out to get support.


Step Forward.

I came across this story today while on my normal internet grind. The story of 13-year old Daniel Fitzpatrick , a young boy who took his own life because of being bullied. This story makes me sick, another young child helpless to the people who are supposed to be there to support him and protect him from this type of behaviour. The whole “it’s part of growing up” mentality is bullshit. The world is tough, no one said things are meant to always be peaches and roses, but let’s be honest here NO ONE should ever have to live a life where they a) fear for their safety b) wake up sad to be alive c) made to feel excluded. It’s time people take responsibility for the actions of their children and it’s time administrators step up to curb the problem.

We are in a whole new generation here, the speed at which things can spread has grown enormously with the invention of social media and the internet. As a society we need to be more proactive in educating and protecting our children from these behaviours. Administrators need to do more to get involved when a child comes forward. I’m sure many of us have been bullied at some point, that seemingly “harmless” joke or shove growing up. I know i’ve been there and it sucks, but I know I never had it as bad as many people out there. There’s a difference between “having fun” and being “tormented” and I feel like many people are quick to judge. This child is not weak, how can you expect ANYONE to tolerate what he likely did on a daily basis. A human is only made to take so much, growing up shouldn’t be this difficult and it’s sad to see even when he did reach out, people still failed him. How many other children do we as a society fail on a daily basis? How many children do we need to lose before people take proactive steps?

Kids can be cruel and heartless, do we blame the parents of these kids? I wouldn’t go so far to do that, but how we are raised does play a part in how we act and interact with others. There’s likely so many factors that go into this, take into consideration the social dynamics of families for example.  It’s sad to know that there are two young children out there who have the blood of this boys’ life on their hands. Is that what it takes to change people’s behaviours these days? I hope these children learned a lesson, it’s sad to think they will have to live with their actions for the rest of their lives.

13 is so young. As someone who has struggled deeply with depression and thoughts of suicide, I can understand where this young boy is coming from. But it’s important children realize there are alternatives out there to such a drastic and permanent act. We need to do more to advocate for youth support. No child should have to go through this alone, and no parent should feel helpless at the mercy of a school and fight their battles alone.

My heart goes out to his loved ones during this difficult time. No parent should ever have to bury their child, especially from something that was so preventable. One person stepping forward to protect this child could have gone a long way to saving his life. This child had the potential for a full life ahead of him and now it’s gone.

– M

Just Sad or Depression?

In the United States, close to 10 percent of the population struggles with depression, in Canada the statistics point out to roughly 1 in 5 Canadians battling mental illness. These stats likely fail to include more people largely due to the fact it can take a long time for someone to even understand that they are suffering.

One difficulty in diagnosis is trying to distinguish between feeling down and experiencing clinical depression.

This TED-Ed video can help people make the distinction between those feelings. Clinical depression is a condition that generally lasts longer than two weeks, with a wide range of symptoms that can include changes in appetite, poor concentration, restlessness,  changes in mood (ex. easily irritated), sleep disorders (either too much or too little), and suicidal ideation.

The video also briefly discusses the neuroscience behind the illness, outlines forms treatments (talking therapy, ECT), and offers advice on how you can help a friend or loved one who may have depression. 

Astonishing fact mentioned in the video: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it takes the average person suffering a mental illness over 10 years to ask for help. 10 YEARS!

If you know someone suffering from depression, or any mental illness for that matter, gently encourage them to explore some of the options mentioned in the video. Talking therapies and medication are good compliments of one another, particularly in cases where the mental illness is a bit more severe. In cases of minor depression, talking therapies can be effective on its own as they give good coping techniques to help with your general wellbeing.




This paragraph from the article below is such a common theme with many young people that have opened up to loved ones:

“I remember sitting at the kitchen table speaking with my parents about how I felt really depressed. I was in my early twenties and they clearly just didn’t understand. I know that it’s not that they didn’t care, but their response was something like, “Renee, you have a great life…nothing to be depressed about.” Perhaps they were under the false impression that depression could just be turned on and off or that people used the idea of depression as an excuse or a crutch.”

It’s important to be aware that it’s all about education, we need to educate people to become aware of the symptoms of mental illness. We need to educate people to be better equipped to help those with mental illness. But most of all we as a collective group need to erase the stigma associated with those battling from mental illness, so they never have to feel ashamed or misunderstood by those they are reaching out to.

Remember, nobody should ever feel like they are alone and feel that the only option to get out of their misery is to end their life. For those of you on twitter, from December 1-25, follow the hashtag “#NotAlone”, and retweet in hopes that it will save a few lives.

– M


As news broke that the missing Ohio State football player’s body had been found, I was coincidentally working on writing this article on depression and suicide prevention.

A few months ago, my dear friend Sam had the terrible misfortune of losing his son to suicide.

I originally met Sam  on Twitter through a hashtag  where people shared content related to everything social media, but our families quickly became friends in real life too.  A few of my digital friends were trying to come up with something special we could do for Sam (and his family) when we realized that if we used our collective social media influence, we could do something really meaningful for not only Sam, but for other families managing similar loss. We decided to curate content from December 1-25 on depression and suicide awareness. We are using the hashtag #NotAlone, Please watch and share my tweets and our posts as it’s our hope that through our efforts we might be able to save a few lives.

“It is estimated that about 10 to 15 percent of children/teens are depressed at any given time. Research indicates that one of every four adolescents will have an episode of major depression during high school with the average age of onset being 14 years!” -PsycheCentral

Kosta Karageorge, the Ohio State football player, was found near campus, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to the online reports, his mother mentioned that Kosta had suffered from several concussion and had been extremely confused. She received a text from him that read, “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment.”

According to the website, researchers found that there is a very string association existed between concussions and clinical depression. “The findings significantly underscore the importance of understanding and evaluating the potential neurological consequences of recurrent mild traumatic brain injuries,” said co-author Dr. Bailes. “Not only do concussions and other head injuries in early adulthood significantly raise the risk of depression decades later, but concussions are reported to have a permanent effect on thinking and memory skills later in life.”

As parents, it’s impossible to have answers to everything and we can’t blame ourselves when we don’t see signs we didn’t know we should be looking for. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there may be an increase in suicides, in 2012 (the last time the study was done) 40,600 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In the past, suicide was considered a taboo as an act against God, people were embarrassed to discuss let alone try to understand why.

Depression – not in my family…

As a child, I grew up having a relative (my father’s sister) who suffered from mental illness. She was diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic / manic-depressive and has always struggled to live outside of institutions. There is still so little that we truly know about mental illness, which is likely why the stigma of depression continues.

I remember sitting at the kitchen table speaking with my parents about how I felt really depressed. I was in my early twenties and they clearly just didn’t understand. I know that it’s not that they didn’t care, but their response was something like, “Renee, you have a great life…nothing to be depressed about.” Perhaps they were under the false impression that depression could just be turned on and off or that people used the idea of depression as an excuse or a crutch. I remember my father saying, “what are you, like Aunt Roseanne?” that comment stung for a long time. For them, the idea of having a child who was depressed was embarrassing. They didn’t know what we know…it’s about education.

What can we do?

If you’ve never felt depressed then it’s hard to imagine the blanket of sadness that envelopes you when you suffer from depression. It can be a sunny, beautiful day but depression does not discriminate; it just happens and it’s awful. It’s like a heavy weight of sadness, a dark glaze overshadowing even the brightest moments. What we need to do is work on being aware by recognizing the signs and how to help. We need to accept that nobody’s perfect,  embrace the people we love when they need us…and not pass judgement. Be honest and open.

Be aware of the signs of depression in teens (from

  • Madness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

230,000 Ontario adults considered suicide in 2013

“First Centre for Mental Health and Addictions survey to ask specifically about suicide reveals sharp increase in people reporting poor mental health, particularly younger adults”

Link down below.


– M


A new study from Canada’s largest mental health and addiction research centre suggests more than 230,000 Ontario adults “seriously contemplated suicide” in 2013.

The Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says that amounted to 2.3 per cent of Ontario’s adult population.

CAMH says its mental health survey, started in 1977, was based on responses from 3,021 Ontario adults who were asked specifically about suicide for the first time.

“We felt it was important to include a specific question about suicide so that we can better understand the scope of the issue,” said Dr. Hayley Hamilton, CAMH scientist and co-principal investigator of the study.

The centre says the results also reveal a sharp increase in self-rated poor mental health, from 4.7 per cent in 2003 to 7.1 per cent in 2013, or 716,000 Ontario adults.

CAMH says the increase was especially evident during the past five years among those aged 18 to 29, rising from about three per cent in 2009 to 12 per cent in 2013.

Hamilton calls the rising rates among young adults a troubling trend.

“This could be an indication that young adults and youth transitioning to adulthood need more support from family, friends, and health professionals when it comes to their mental health and overall well-being.”

The CAMH study also shows the rate of cannabis use among Ontario adults climbed to 14 per cent last year from 8.7 per cent in 1996. And, while 40 per cent of 2013 users report using cannabis less than once per month, the percentage reporting daily use was 19 per cent.

“The fact that we are seeing a steady increase in cannabis … underscores the need for a public health approach to cannabis control,” said Dr. Robert Mann, CAMH senior scientist and co-principal investigator of the CAMH Monitor.

In early October, CAMH called for marijuana to be legalized with strict conditions. It said this was the best way to reduce the harms associated with its use, such as respiratory diseases and impaired cognitive abilities.

However, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins refused to take a position on the CAMH recommendation, insisting it is a federal issue. The Canadian Public Health Association welcomed the CAMH call to legalize pot, saying the war on drugs has failed and done more damage than any possible good.

CAMH says the survey also found that cigarette smoking rates among adults have declined from 27 per cent in 1996 to 17 per cent last year. It says daily smoking showed a similar decline, from 23 per cent in 1996 to 13 per cent in 2013.

When it comes to daily alcohol use, CAMH says nearly one in four drinkers reported that they exceed Canada’s low-risk drinking guidelines.

The number of adults who reported having consumed alcohol at least once a day rose from five per cent in 2002 to 8.5 per cent in 2013. The results also showed that women are drinking at higher rates, from 2.6 per cent in 2001 to 5.6 per cent in 2013.

“We continue to see that more women are drinking more frequently,” said Dr. Mann.

“This increase is worrying because heavy alcohol use is associated with a number of health risks, including cancer.”

But while alcohol consumption rates appear to be rising, CAMH says rates of drinking and driving continue to drop. Its survey suggests that from 1996 to 2013, drinking and driving fell by more than half, from 13 per cent to five per cent.

The annual survey also found that the use of non-medical prescription opioids by adults plunged from 7.7 per cent in 2010 to 2.8 per cent last year. However, use among 18-29 year olds held stable at about seven per cent over the same period.

Genie you're free

Came across this while reading an article about the last days of Robin Williams life. Such a scary and sad reality, but it’s important for people to realize that depression really is a silent scourge and it’s hard for others to pick up on the signs.

Still the world shines a little less bright with the passing of such a kind, generous, and talented man. I hope he found the peace he so desperately craved, even as the world mourns his passing his legacy will live on through the many characters he’s played on screen and all the lives he has managed to touch throughout his life.

As said by many others “Genie, you’re free”.


The fact that Williams gave little outward indication that something was gravely wrong in the days before taking his own life is “a common phenomenon, and a frustrating one,” says Dr. Jay P. Singh, a Washington, D.C.-based expert on suicide and mental illness.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to disorders like depression, it’s a silent scourge. It’s such a quiet disorder,” says Dr. Singh. “There is a good amount of research as well as anecdotal evidence that shows right before a suicide occurs is the time period when individuals judged by mental health professionals are seen as being at low risk of suicide.

“A number of people over the last few days have questioned the last things [Williams] did, or shouldn’t his wife have picked up on something. At the end of the day, it’s exceedingly difficult to pick up on signs and symptoms that place someone at imminent risk.”

– M