Robin Williams' death is opening up conversation about depression and suicide.
Stephen Perkins used to be depressed and made multiple suicide attempts. The birth of his grandson in 2012 inspired him to finally get help.
He explained why some may not seek treatment. “I think it can be embarrassing to talk about,” said Perkins. “You want to show on the outside that you have everything together and that you are a successful person and you don't want to let other people know that you're not really doing so well.”
Dr. Hudson Hsieh is the Medical Director at Lasting Hope Recovery Center in Omaha. He agrees but says there is something people can do. They can ask their loved ones how they are doing.
Treatment is readily available and is affordable, regardless of whether the person has insurance or not.
Lutheran Family Services
To set up an appointment: 1-855-659-2706
For immediate crisis: 9-1-1
Alegent Creighton Services
Information and Referral Line: 402-717-HOPE
Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK