Mind comments on the death of actor Robin Williams

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Posted on 12/08/2014 |

Following the tragic news of the death of Hollywood actor Robin Williams, mental health charity Mind has issued the following comment.

Paul Farmer, Mind Chief Executive, said:

"The apparent suicide of Robin Williams is a tragic and shocking event. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very difficult time.

"We would urge anyone who is experiencing the pain and distress of suicidal feelings to try and speak to someone, whether friend, family, their doctor or a charity such as Mind or Samaritans."

If you need information or advice about mental health problems, or need somewhere to turn for support, call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or call Samaritans on 116 123.

**ENDS**

Advice for journalists:

Following the death of Robin Williams we urge journalists to avoid excessive detail about method of suicide and to report responsibly and sensitively. Evidence shows that copycat suicides can occur as a result of extensive media coverage. We strongly advise journalists to avoid explicit details and to avoid sensationalist reporting.

For further advice on reporting suicide please visit the Time to Change website media advice pages

We also strongly recommend the Samaritans guidelines for the reporting of suicide.

Notes to editors:

Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. We're here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

For more information, interviews or case studies please contact the Mind media team on T: 020 8522 1743 M: 07850 788514 E: [email protected] ISDN line available: 020 8221 0817

Please note that Mind is not an acronym and should be set in title case.

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