Robin Williams’ Death, Suicide Contagion and Acceptance

Robin Williams’ Death, Suicide Contagion and Acceptance

Robin Williams’ death by suicide has been a shock to many and our world community is processing the death through Facebook and Twitter feeds. Suicide contagion is real. Those who are vulnerable to death by suicide may be having an especially difficult time due to the publicity Williams’ death is receiving.

Mormons Building Bridges would like to extend a message of belongingness and acceptance to all the members of our community; you are all wanted. There are many here and elsewhere who will stand by your side.

We would also like to encourage everyone to take a moment to reach out and share the message of love and acceptance with members of your families and our community today and during the upcoming weeks. If you are someone who is personally vulnerable to suicide, know that there are people who will listen and care: reach out until you find someone who will give you the love and acceptance you deserve. If you are someone who may be able to demonstrate love and acceptance to those around you who may be having a more difficult time than usual, please do so. Studies demonstrate that talking about suicide with those who are vulnerable to death by suicide does not make them any more likely to die. Please speak.

Much love to everyone. Know that you are wanted: you are. Stay with us. It’s worth it.