The apparent suicide of Robin Williams is still sending shock waves all over the world. However, it’s also raising awareness about mental health. It’s been reported Williams was suffering from depression for years. Warren Broad is an addictions and mental health specialist in Huntsville and says you never really know what’s happening behind closed doors in someone’s mind.

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It’s not uncommon that highly successful and highly functioning individuals, like Williams, would suffer from mental illness. Through Broad’s practice, he says he often sees this happen as sufferers tend to hide their mental condition well.

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It seems people are taking another look at mental illness since the news broke earlier this week. Broad says there is a positive outlook to this tragedy.

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According to the latest reports, Williams committed suicide at his California home. The 63-year-old was found by his personal assistant on Monday. The investigation into Williams’ death is ongoing and toxicology results will take about two to six weeks.

The Meeting Place Centre for Growth and Healing is a local charity helping Muskokans who are experiencing mental health challenges. The organization offers support and healing programs. For more information go to The Meeting Place for Growth and Healing website.