In the Absence of Hope

In the Absence of Hope

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This week sees us looking at the death of Robin Williams a man who was incredibly talented, he had won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting, appeared to have a family who loved and supported him, famous and probably rich.  Whilst at work this week I heard a few patients talking about Robin’s Suicide with the question ‘what reason would he have to commit suicide?’, as I was at work I bit my lip and walked away. Anyone who has had depression or watches a loved one with it will know you can have everything but for whatever reason you can’t just snap out of it.

Depression affects each person differently and symptoms vary, ranging from:

  • Lasting feelings of sadness and hoplessness
  • Losing interesdt in things that you enjoy
  • Feeling tearful

It will also include physical symptoms such as:

  • Feeling constantly tired
  • Sleeping badly
  • No appetite
  • No sex drive
  • Complaining of aches and pains

The severity of smptoms can vary, at its mildest a persistently low spirit and its worst a suicidal feeling.

Robin Williams was also diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease!

I have personally been effected by suicide, I have taken calls when someone wishes to end their life and had clients who I have sat with who have formulated a plan and in all cases I believe that the person has lost hope!  They feel as if they have no choice!  BOLD STATEMENT!  Many people see suicide as a cheats way out, the person is selfish and has no consideration for others, all I will say to that is they are in so much pain they can’t see a way out!
Theories were passed about regarding Robin but we will never really know what happened.  Personally I liked a blog by Tom Clemson he talks about the fact that it depression that killed Robin and not suicide, which is something I agree with.


  • Depression is quite common and affects about one in 10 of us at some point. It affects men and women, young and old. 
  • Studies have shown that about 4% of children aged 5 to 16 are affected by depression.
  • In 2011 there were 6,045 suicides in people aged 15 and over in the UK, an increase of 437 compared with 2010.
  • The UK suicide rate increased significantly between 2010 and 2011, from 11.1 to 11.8 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • There were 4,552 male suicides in 2011 (a rate of 18.2 suicides per 100,000 population) and 1,493 female suicides (5.6 per 100,000 population).
  • The highest suicide rate was in males aged 30 to 44 (23.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011).
  • The suicide rate in males aged 45 to 59 increased significantly between 2007 and 2011 (22.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011).
  • Female suicide rates were highest in 45 to 59-year-olds in 2011 (7.3 deaths per 100,000 population).

For people suffering with depression there is still a stigma, however asking for help is a sign of strength and not weakness.

If you feel at all depressed or suicidal then please ask for the help you need in.  Find someone who you can trust to talk to.

Samaritans    08457 90 90 90

Childline       0800  11  11