"The death of Robin Williams in August 2014 hit me particularly hard. Not only had Williams brought so much laughter to so many around the world, he also was a regular fixture in my community, living just a few miles away, and frequenting the local restaurants, bike shop, and comedy club.
But his suicide felt personal for me as well, because just two years earlier, my stepfather had taken his own life, succumbing to his decades-long battle with mental illness and addiction. Robin Williams' death, in many ways, opened a public conversation about mental health and suicide throughout our nation and in our own homes. For my community, it galvanized us to create our bold mental health initiative whose goal is to end the stigma and isolation of mental illness."
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