Rabbi Stacy Friedman

Rabbi Stacy Friedman

Inside Leadership
Mental health spelled out in Scrabble tiles

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 William’s death, in many ways, opened a public conversation about mental health and suicide throughout...

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