Robin Williams’ suicide tells us ‘we need to talk about mental health’, warns Manchester charity

In the wake of actor and comic Robin Williams’ suicide, a leading Manchester mental health charity is determined to make sure no one suffers in silence.

The Sanctuary based at the Kath Locke Centre, Moss Lane West, is available to help anyone who is struggling to get through the night.

One-on-one support is offered by experienced staff and volunteers for anyone feeling unable to cope as a result of experiencing depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and/or suicidal thoughts.

Nicky Lidbetter, Self Help Services Chief Officer of which The Sanctuary is part of said: “The loss of Robin Williams tells us we need to talk about depression.

“By giving it a voice we can help to remove the stigma and help manage it.”

Every night between 8pm and 6am, people across Manchester can call to obtain vital support and access to The Sanctuary which offers a safe, relaxing, calming space for those in need.

Mr Lidbetter added: “Manchester is fortunate to have The Sanctuary because this is a vital service that every town and city should have if we are to tackle the rising rates of suicide.”

Williams, 63, was found dead at his home yesterday after committing suicide by asphyxiation after battling severe depression.

The actor, famous for his roles in Good Will Hunting, Mrs Doubtfire and Good Morning Vietnam, often made jokes about his alcohol and drug abuse during stand-up routines.

Manchester comedian Jason Manford also issued a heartfelt plea, urging those struggling to speak out.

He wrote an emotional post on his Facebook in which he begged those suffering with depression not to suffer alone.

He said: “Please seek help. No one will think you’re being melodramatic, I swear. No one will think you’re silly or wasting people’s time.

“If depression can (allegedly) kill Robin Williams, one of the world’s greatest funny men, well it can get any of us at any time.”


Manchester residents, or those registered with a GP in Manchester, can access the service by first calling The Sanctuary on 0161 637 0808.

Following a conversation with trained staff, people will then either be offered telephone support and/or are invited to come to The Sanctuary.

For more information about The Sanctuary visit:

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