Robin Williams, Connectedness and the Need to End the Stigma Around Mental Illness

“Since suicide is the ultimate act of disconnection — from society, from community, from friends and family — it’s not surprising that connection is a powerful roadblock to suicide. We’re creatures of connection. We’re hardwired for it. It’s a fundamental human need. So it’s worth noting that this deadly phenomenon that we know is caused, in part, by feelings of isolation and disconnection has taken off at the same time as the rise of technology that promises us a kind of connection. I’m not blaming technology or claiming any kind of causation, but at least in my own life — and echoed by many people I talk to — the connection provided by technology can often come at the expense of real-life, face-to-face, human connection. And it’s this latter kind that appears to be most important as a protective factor against suicide.”

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Source: Huffington Post

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