If there’s one silver lining in Robin Williams’ recent death, it’s this: maybe–just maybe–the loss of a beloved entertainer is the push we need get more funding for studies that show what causes suicide, as well as programs that could help prevent it.
Today, Congressman Tim Murphy is introducing a bill that proposes to do both of those things. I sincerely hope that this is more than an attempt to grab headlines after the death of a beloved celebrity. But, after reading Rep. Murphy’s informative op-ed in today’s Huffington Post, he sounds very serious about his commitment. He’s right when he says that previous suicide awareness campaigns have failed miserably. As proof, look no further than the myths that those of us with mental illness face every day. Rep. Murphy talks about three big ones here, but I know the list could be much longer.
Read Rep. Murphy’s Huffington Post op-ed here. And by all means, call your Congressional representative and urge support for this bill. I’m pretty sure Robin Williams will smile down on everyone who does that.