Sad Clowns: Comedians Who Face Depression
The tragic death of Robin Williams is now leading his fellow comedians to speak out about their own battles with severe depression.
Joan Rivers told INSIDE EDITION, “At least once a day I’m terribly depressed.”
Rivers spoke to us about her many years fighting depression after her husband committed suicide in 1987. She says she knows what Robin Williams' devastated wife, Susan Schneider, now faces.
She said, "She is going to have some hole to climb out of. There is going to be such self chest beating, such guilt, such anger. I hate the term, but she is going to have a long journey ahead of her."
Conan O’Brien shared a touching personal story Tuesday night about the depression he suffered after being fired from The Tonight Show in 2010. He says none other than Robin Williams sent a gift to cheer him up.
O'Brien said, "I was feeling a little low, out of the blue, Robin Williams buys me a bicycle. We know now that he had his battles and I think it was courageous, I think it was particularly courageous for someone to be that generous in the face of that kind of depression."
Calls to suicide prevention hotlines across the country have shot up dramatically after the shocking news that the beloved comedian took his own life.
INSIDE EDITION went to a suicide prevention crisis center in Culver City, California.
Crisis center director Robert Stohr told INSIDE EDITION, "People calling into the line have actually referenced the death of Robin Williams. I think it has raised awareness. I think it has almost raised a fear that if this can happen to someone on this level, this can happen to anybody."
For help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.