Children who are either about to go to school for the first time or who are returning for another year of school often feel nervous. For many children it is, simply, the feeling of the unknown that frightens them: new situations, challenging tasks and unfamiliar people are common causes of anxiety. These feelings can also arise if the child has experienced troubles in school in previous years, such as having been bullied or learning difficulties.
Have you ever stared down a bottle of pills deciding whether to down them? Have you ever stood on the edge of the escarpment debating whether to jump, because surely if you didn’t die you would be brain damaged and wouldn’t life be better that way?
Have your thoughts ever terrified you so much that you don’t even know who you are anymore?
Some people say that suicide is selfish. Maybe it is, to those who have not experienced the racing and intrusive suicidal thoughts.
We thought we knew Robin Williams.
After all, we have been watching him portray some of our favourite characters for more than 40 years. When he wasn’t on screen in movies or TV shows, we could frequently see him sitting down with talk show hosts like Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Jay Leno where he would take us inside his life as actor and a person, while always making us laugh in the process.