Stand-up comedian Robin Williams stars in the TV series Set List. Supplied by ABC TV publicity website. Please credit photo to Dan Dion.
Stand-up comedian Robin Williams stars in the TV series Set List. Supplied by ABC TV publicity website. Please credit photo to Dan Dion. Dan Dion

Aussies ask for help after Robin Williams' death

THE death of American comedian Robin Williams last month triggered more than 2000 calls for help by Australians, a mental health group says.

Mr Williams, whose death by suicide last month created headlines around the world, also sparked thousands of conversations about suicide, beyond blue says.

The group's chief executive Georgie Harman said calls to beyondblue's support service nearly doubled in the 72 hours after Mr Williams passing.

More than 2200 calls, web chats and email conversations were made to the service, up from 1300 in the same three-day period in the week before.

Beyondblue released the figures to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday, in a bid to raise awareness and encourage people to "reach out" to friends and family.

Ms Harman said immediately after Mr Williams' death, online activity showed people were looking for information about depression and anxiety.

She encouraged anyone with trouble, or those who believe friends or family may need help, to contact beyondblue at  any time on 1300 22 4636.

- APN NEWSDESK


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