Robin Williams in a Group Facing Higher Risk of Suicide: Older White Men with Depression

Lenny Bernstein and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, August 12, 2014

If you tried to create a profile of someone at high risk of committing suicide, one likely example would look like this: A middle-aged or older white male toward the end of a successful career, who suffers from a serious medical problem as well as chronic depression and substance abuse, who recently completed treatment for either or both of those psychological conditions and who is going through a difficult period, personally or professionally.

In short, that person would look a lot like Robin Williams, the 63-year-old actor and comedian who, authorities said Tuesday, hanged himself with a belt in the bedroom of his San Francisco Bay area home a day earlier.

While certainly not the only group susceptible to suicide–39,518 people took their own lives in 2011–older white males with that cluster of characteristics have been on psychologists’ radar at least since federal statistics released last year showed an alarming spike in their suicide rate between 1999 and 2010. The suicide rate for white men increased by nearly 40 percent, to 34.2 per 100,000 people.

“This is certainly the demographic, middle-aged or older Caucasians,” said Dost Ongur, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “And certainly men with medical problems.” Williams had an aortic valve replacement in 2009.

Men account for only about 20 percent of suicide attempts but represent about 80 percent of completed suicides, statistics show, almost certainly because they choose more lethal methods: guns and leaps from high places instead of drug overdoses, Ongur said.


When depression, addiction and medical problems are added to the mix, the risk of a suicide attempt increases significantly. Williams was grappling with “severe depression,” according to his publicist–a condition that creates hopelessness and despair, frequent precursors to suicidal ideation. Substance abuse suppresses inhibition and can lead to an impulsive act.


An emerging area of interest for many mental health experts is the impact of feelings that the person who attempts suicide has begun to feel he is a burden to his family and friends, who, he believes, would be better off without him.



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  • JSS

    I suppose the lesson here is that all shekels in the world don’t equal happiness when your neck deep in the kosher heart of the beast.

    • Glen

      According to “Jew or Not” Robin Williams called himself an “honorary Jew,” went to 14 bar mitzvahs in one year, used Yiddish in his comedy, and was a cocaine addict and alcoholic. I really, really doubt his depression had anything to do with the condition of white American gentiles. Guess I’m not feeling any of his pain.

      • NoMosqueHere

        It’s quite disgraceful how certain people here turn every article or issue, no matter what it is, into an attack on jews. It really cheapens this forum.

        • JSS

          If you aren’t naming the people behind the curtain then the forum is worthless. I know that’s the way you prefer it though.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          If you are offended every time someone mentions the j-word then it is your personal problem and not the person who mentioned the j-word.

          P.S. I don’t care one bit about RW’s suicide. He did nothing for me or white people. His humor is funny if you are 10 years old. As an adult I never watched anything he was in.

        • Glen

          This forum is also disgraced and cheapened by those who are “offended” that any gentile should notice the obsequious truckling of certain highly $ucce$$ful gentiles toward jews as an attack on jews.

    • M.

      By the way, this article bringing attention to the higher disposition of white men to commit suicide has been co-written by anti-white marxist conspirator Lenny Bernstein.

      Obviously, Lenny Bernstein must be a puppet used for diversion by the Zionist powers that be in order to make the commoners think that all Jews aren’t anti-white. *wink wink*

    • M.

      Mr. Moderator, I’ll clarify this time beforehand that this message is meant as sacrasm towards the Jewish conspiracy folks. I do not actually mean the following. Explaining it takes some of the fun, but… okay.


      Strange that this seemingly pro-white article has been co-written by anti-white marxist conspirator Lenny Bernstein. Bernstein looks so Jewish you’d feel like asking him legal advice if you saw him even though he’s a doctor.

      Obviously, Lenny Bernstein must be a puppet used for diversion by the Zionist
      elite in order to make us commoners think that all Jews aren’t anti-white. *wink wink*

      Zionist conspirator, MD.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Older white men are depressed about what America has become.

    • David Ashton

      And not only America.

    • MekongDelta69

      GMTA – you just saved me a post…

    • Oil Can Harry

      Not just that but older white men with financial or medical problems sometimes off themselves because they fear they’ll become burdens on their loved ones.

      Meanwhile black and hispanic welfare bums have no problem being burdens on taxpayers their whole lives. That would require a conscience.

      • John R

        Sad but true.

    • benvad

      People of his generation are responsible for this mess, aren’t they?

    • Paleoconn

      Very true, but I don’t know of any White conservatives offing themselves.

    • Ella

      Older White woman are also sad as they speak of their grandchildren who are left behind to clean up the mess.

    • White men with depression is not the only thing to worry about, but I suspect PTSD is on the rise for white women, especially ones now living in non-white areas that used to be white when they were growing up.

  • Lewis33

    Older white men with depression most likely to commit suicide, women and minorities hardest hit…tonight on NPR. H/T Vox Day

    • LHathaway

      NPR will be torn between claiming ‘this shows the need for more diversity’, and ‘this is making things bad for women and people of color’.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Moral: White men have their share of problems too, but who will be left to speak for them?

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      White men are the perennial scapegoats of the left, so if you’re an older white man who’s also a liberal, then you must hate yourself. According to your own dogma, all the world’s problems are your fault. It’s a wonder more white liberals don’t off themselves.

      • David Ashton

        The mature white heterosexual husbands and fathers with a patriotic, religious, military and/or conservative outlook were the SPECIFIC targets of the New Left/Cultural Marxist/Marcusean subversion.

  • TruthBeTold

    White privilege or White burden?

  • Mary

    And we know the government and media are so concerned about them!

    • Periapsis

      Yah, about as concerned as a fox would be about guarding the hen house.

      • I have been in complete despair. I know what it is like to feel suicidal. The ability to commit suicide comes from somewhere else though.

    • LHathaway

      Perhaps you should be thankful they are not. The more people become concerned with white men (and I pretty sure for those already born the most they could do would be to pretend to be concerned about white males) the worse the outcome for white men will be. I guess the kindness and concern lefties have built up and have all planned for white men won’t be the panacea or the simple solution their confused consciences were so sure it would be.

      • Periapsis

        I agree, the liberals can take that “concern” and stick it where the sun never shines. If there is anything they should be concerned about, is white men whose depression turns outward, because they will be sooner or later coming for them at three in the morning.

  • Simonetta

    Well, I’m an older American almost as old as Robin Williams. I haven’t had a successful career because I’m not one of the top 5% of the population in terms of IQ, which is where you need to be if you want to have a lifetime career in the high technology industry.

    When I get depressed, I study high technology developments from downloaded PDF files from the web. Then I smoke some quality marijuana. Then I listen to a few Beatles or Stones songs. Then I smoke a little more. Then I tune my plastic piano to the records and play along with the songs. I used to play guitar but I switched because the MIDI piano/plastic piano is always in tune.

    Then I smoke a little more. And I write some Arduino software. And then test it, debug it, and troubleshoot it endlessly until it works. And then document it. And then post it on the web for someone else to take and use for free. And they do, as I’ve seen my name and source code on websites where I can’t even tell what language it’s in.

    Then I don’t feel depressed anymore.

    With all respect to Robin Williams, depressions can be handled. I’m not a movie star, but I’m not going to be ending it all swinging from my belt. And if all the talk about smoking bothers you, well, what can I say? It’s the 21st century, it’s what we do, we’re not hiding it anymore, and it’s not costing you any money. It is what it is. So be it.

    • Ograf

      If you think smoking pot is “handling” depression my friend, you are sadly mistaken.

      • Shadow

        Great point.

      • benvad

        That’s his way.

    • Hal K

      It looks like he was fed up and disillusioned. His view seemed to be that he had to do things that he didn’t want to do or didn’t feel up to doing. He felt incapacitated by his addiction and health problems. My guess is that his current wife wasn’t helping matters. She is the one person who was in the best position to help him out of this. It will be interesting to hear her side of things.

  • dd121

    I read the article and what is the “and therefore”? Some people are going to suicide and I don’t think there’s much we can do about it, unfortunately.

  • Jack Burton

    Robin Williams was part of the anti-white, liberal elite. He was also a race-mixer, he married and had two children with his former Filipino nanny. Why should we care about them offing themselves, sounds like a great idea.

    • Hal K

      The nanny’s mother was Finnish, so she was at least half white.

      According to Wikipedia she is a “philanthropist.” Gee, I wonder where she got the money to be a philanthropist.

      • Jack Burton

        Filipinos are often mixed, that’s irrelevant. Half white is still non-white.

        Admixture is apparent in his two children with her.

  • kikz2

    i’ve heard everything including genetics mentioned… yet no one has mentioned or asked if he was on SSRI’s?. of course the ‘industry’ wouldn’t point a finger at itself like that…

    i want the tox report back frm the coroner…….it wouldn’t surprise me in the least, if they didn’t play a role in this death….. he’d just come out of rehab and was being treated for depression.. when aren’t anti-depressants (SSRI’s) Rx’d? they give them out like Halloween candy…

  • benvad

    He was in debt and couldn’t dig his way out.

  • John R

    Of course, people seeing their civilization going downhill are likely to want to kill themselves.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Suicide is the domain of the affluent and generally White. Homicide is the domain of the poor, of the blacks and browns.