Robin Williams: A Defeat to Depression

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Robin Williams was a television, movie, and stage actor, who had founded his love to entertain once enrolled in his high school drama class. After deciding to pursue acting as a career, he’d acquired a full scholarship to Julliard. Mr. Williams’ fame was destined as he walked into the Cunningham home and sat on his face while simultaneously letting the world know that, “Nanu, Nanu,” was the new way to say hello or goodbye.

As a method actor his talent was unrivaled. He was as quick witted as he was relentless streaming routines on the spot leaving audiences across the world in tears. At a moment’s notice he could be Peter Shepherd running from danger in a board game called Jumanji, to a psychiatrist in Good Will Hunting.

Mr. Williams’ creative reach appeared limitless as he touched the lives of the world. He will undoubtedly forever be missed. Nanu Nanu, my friend.
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Robin Williams lost his battle with a disease called, “depression.” A disease so common that, The World Health Organization, chose the month of September to bring awareness to it, according to Mrs. Alice Burke of the Student Counseling and Wellness Center. Mrs. Burke states that this month is also to educate the population concerning this growing epidemic while steering families, students and patrons inflicted with depression towards positive and helpful solutions. In addition, to open a dialogue with those with family members having bouts or individuals battling the disease themselves who would otherwise be reluctant to talk. She admits that September is an ideal month for the college population who tend to be attentive at the beginning of term and who would readily receive information early on that the college is aware of the disease and are here should they need help.

Mrs. Burke went on to say, “Every 15.2 minutes someone in the U.S. ends their life, 90 people die every day of suicide and over 1500 people attempt suicide daily according to The National Institute of Mental Health.” She continued, “Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people 25 to 34, the third leading cause of death for adolescents 10 to 24, the leading cause of death for people who abuse alcohol and other drugs and 25% of all suicides were carried out when the person was intoxicated.”

On-campus, Mrs. Burke would refer a person seeking help to the Counseling and Wellness Center in Harry Schure Hall room 208 where they take walk-ins, appointments, and are on call for after our counseling. The NYIT Counseling and Wellness website lists multiple resources and hot lines. She spoke about a downloadable cell phone application called, “just in case” which would give students help at their fingertips if ever they needed it.

Finally, the counselor informed me about LifeNet or 1(800)-LifeNet which is a 24 hour hotline staffed with counselors providing outreach and suicide preventative counseling in every language. That one call could make the difference.

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