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Lifeline calls spike after Robin Williams’ suicide

Key clinical point: Demand for services related to suicide and suicide prevention spiked the day after actor Robin Williams’ suicide in 2014.

Major finding: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) experienced a 300% increase in call volume the day after Mr. Williams’ death.

Study details: The data come from information from the National Center for Health Statistics’ Compressed Mortality File, the NSPL, and two suicide prevention websites.

Disclosures: The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Ramchand R et al. Psychiatric Services in Advance. 2019. doi: 10.1176/