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Reflecting on the tragic death of Robin Williams....and suicide

The world, justifiably, mourns the death, at the age of 63, by his own hand, of the much-talented actor and comedian Robin Williams.      All too sadly Williams suffered depression, a malady which afflicts many - as this piece in The New Yorker, reflecting on Williams' death, details.    The figures for suicide in the USA and other Western countries are truly alarming.

"Every forty seconds, someone commits suicide. In the United States, it is the tenth most common cause of death in people over ten years of age, far more common than death by homicide or aneurysm or AIDS. Nearly half a million Americans are taken to the hospital every year because of suicide attempts. One in five people with major depression will make such an attempt; there are approximately sixteen non-lethal attempts for every lethal one. The rate of suicide is going up, especially among middle-aged men. These statistics get dragged out over and over again, but they bear the endless repetition. Suicide may be a permanent solution to a temporary problem, but it is one that beckons with burgeoning seductiveness.

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