Slam for Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died on Monday, August 11, 2014; the most likely cause of death is suicide. Another person’s death is always a shock to the system, but for many of us this death is particularly troubling — not only because Williams was a constant presence in our favorite movies growing up, but because of his warm nature and sense of humor. We don’t expect someone so bright and funny to commit suicide.

If you’re feeling sad or scared or any kind of way, we want to hear about it! Tell us which of Robin Williams’ roles touched your life most. Or let us know what it’s like for you or a loved one to struggle with mental illness or suicide — and how we can support someone who’s going through a lot.

Need some inspiration? Check out our action guides on: 

Mental Health and Suicide Awareness and Prevention. No matter what, don’t squash your thoughts and emotions… slam them!

And hey, if you or somebody you know needs help or is in danger, reach out:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (24/7)

National Hopeline: 800-442-4673 (24/7)

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Submissions

WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
Some days I don’t feel like livingWhere is the calm to this storm?I was once in love and thriving
1 day 1 hour ago
As I look up into the night sky I think of your gorgeous smile
3 days 12 hours ago
Death is just an option Proceed with every caution This breath could be your last Erase all memory of your past
3 days 13 hours ago
That morning when the sun didn’t shine and the tears ran from my blue eyes,
4 days 11 hours ago
Of all the people I tried to understand the most. The man in the mirror was the hardest to read.
5 days 7 hours ago