Death of Williams Sparks Conversation About Suicide

By KARK 4 News

Published 08/12 2014 10:59AM

Updated 08/12 2014 11:07AM

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- You don't hear about suicide too often in the media.  Even though it's the 11th leading cause of death among Americans, it's often been classified as a topic that's too taboo to touch.

However, the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has sparked a discussion about depression and suicide.

An average of 368 Arkansans take their own life each year according to the Arkansas Department of Health.  More than 2,000 Arkansans attempt suicide annually. 

State health leaders say there are some risk factors to watch for in the people around around you:

• History of depression or other mental illness.
• Alcohol or drug abuse.
• Family history of suicide or violence.
• Physical illness.
• Feeling alone.

On Tuesday morning, Shelby Rowe and Christopher Epperson of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention joined Matt Mosler to discuss the issue and warning signs.  You can watch their interview in the video above.

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