Local distress centre offering help in wake of Robin Williams' death

Following the announcement that actor-comedian, Robin Williams, had died of an apparent suicide, the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region were vocal on social media, urging for anyone who felt they needed to talk to give them a call.

They Tweeted out this message:

"Our thoughts are with those who loved Robin Williams and his comedic ways. Reach out if you are contemplating self harm."

Community relations coordinator Leslie Scott told CFRA the death by suicide of celebrities like Robin Williams often strikes a chord with those contemplating ending their own lives.

"Sometimes we'll have people saying, 'Well if Robin Williams did it, or if another celebrity or a big name did it, well where does that leave me? I'm just a little average Joe,'" she said. "No. Everybody's life is equally important in our world."

She said they may see more calls over the next few days, adding there is always someone at the Distress Centre to listen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

"I think that we may see some more call volume of people grieving over the death of Robin Williams, or feeling 'I've been feeling these thoughts, maybe I should call, or this is why I'm calling,'" said Scott. "Your life is important and that's the biggest message we can get across."

The Ottawa Distress Centre recently fielded its one-millionth call.

If you, or someone you know, are battling depression or anxiety you can call them at 613-238-3311.

For more information about their services click here.

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