Handling Tragedies When You Have Mental Illness

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Handling Tragedies When You Have Mental Illness

Handling Tragedies When You Have Mental IllnessNo matter the situation, death is not an easy issue to handle. The loss of a friend or loved one may not only lead to depression, but can bring on unexpected negative emotions. It doesn't always take the death of someone close to you to release such aching emotions – the death of an admired celebrity can also bring forward these feelings.

The suicide of Robin Williams has saddened the hearts of millions and for those dealing with mental illness, his death could have sparked some unsafe thoughts. When people are struggling with mental illness, anything can bring forward severe depressive feelings – including details regarding the suicide of a loved one or even Robin Williams.

It is important to recognize the positive details in someone's life and not the "hows" and "whys" of the death. Instead of focusing on the suicide, you could create a list of entertaining and pleasant memories you have of/with this person. In the case of Robin Williams, watch some of his comedies to release some stress. By allowing yourself to push aside negative details connected to the death, you are opening yourself up to the positives attached with the person's life.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2014, September 9). Handling Tragedies When You Have Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Last Updated: September 9, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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