We are so deeply saddened to hear the news about Robin Williams. Although most of us did not know him, he touched us all with his incredible talent and energy. Depression is a debilitating illness that can end so tragically….It does not discriminate. We must continue to help break isolation and raise awareness and work hard to reduce stigma so that all of those suffering can seek help and recovery. If you are suffering you do not have to suffer alone!
If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal, please reach out to someone. There are resources and people that you can talk to about how you are feeling. It can feel like there is no way out of the sadness and hopelessness; many of us here at PPPSS have been in this exact place and we understand your pain. We also know that it gets better and that you can be free from the mental anguish you are experiencing now, even if you don’t believe that yourself at the moment, which we also know well.
Please call your local 24 hour crisis line (Vancouver/Richmond 604-872-3311) and/or the 1-800-SUICIDE helpline for immediate help. There is also the distress number for B.C. at 310-6789.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society offers services to all new parents, including dads. Counsellors are available on the phone from 10 to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday at 604-255-7999 or toll free 855-255-7999. (A reminder that we are not a crisis line and so unfortunately aren’t available 24 hours. Please leave a message as we may be on another line, and we will call you back.) Click here to see our online resources for men.