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Robin Williams dead: Quotes on depression and struggling with mental illness

The actor's death has sparked discussions on depression as people open up about experiences

Robin Williams’ death has reminded the world that depression does not discriminate between the rich and famous and the rest of us and that it is not something that people can simply “snap out of”.

Many sufferers have taken to social media in the wake of the actor’s apparent suicide to talk of their experiences and remind people that help is available.

The Samaritans was one of several charities urging anyone feeling down or alone to speak out.

Catherine Johnstone, the chief executive, said: “We know that that when a person is in crisis and struggling to cope, they feel trapped in their situation with no way out, and that the future holds nothing good for them.

“They may not be able to see beyond their situation and truly believe that suicide is the only option for them.

“The service we offer provides a safe space for people to be themselves and talk about their problems without fear of being judged.”

Jason Manford was one of many celebrities who spoke about depression in tributes to Williams.

The 63-year-old actor's publicist confirmed that Williams had been suffering from “severe depression” in recent weeks and he had made no secret of a decades-long struggle with cocaine and alcohol abuse.

Read more: What to do if you feel depressed

Officials said all evidence indicates the actor committed suicide by hanging himself but a final ruling will be announced after toxicology reports and interviews with witnesses are complete.

Anyone who has been affected by the news of Williams’ death can call the Samaritans on 08457 909090 or email jo@samaritans.org.

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