ANGELINI, MENTAL HEALTH ASSN. SAY ROBIN WILLIAMS DEATH HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Urge Those Struggling To Utilize Programs, Hotlines Available In Monmouth County

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Monmouth County said the suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams underscores the need to connect those struggling with mental illness with resources that can help avert a similar tragedy.

“The death of Robin Williams provides a heartbreaking illustration that mental illness and suicide can affect anyone, regardless of one’s station in life,” said Angelini.  “While I am terribly saddened by the loss of this cultural icon, I am hopeful that this tragedy will help draw attention to the many resources available to anyone struggling with mental illness and suicidal thoughts.”

Executive Director of the Mental Health Association Wendy DePedro supported Assemblywoman Angelini’s statement adding that   “Robin Williams’s death should reinforce the need for us to speak out against the stigma and discrimination so many with serious mental illness face and reminds us of the need to seek help at the earliest stages of this disease.  Through a prevention driven approach including earlier detection, the coordination of health and behavioral health services, and a focus on new programs and strategies we can give everyone hope for recovery.”

Angelini said the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County provides programs and offers assistance in finding services for those coping with mental illness which can be accessed by visiting www.mentalhealthmonmouth.org or by calling 732-542-6422. In addition she urged those who may be contemplating taking their life to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or the NJ Hopeline at 855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735).

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