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Mental health charities offer advice following death of Robin Williams

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People struggling with depression urged to seek help following star's apparent suicide

Charities have reacted to the shock death of Hollywood superstar Robin Williams by urging people to seek advice over mental health problems.

The 63-year-old Good Will Hunting star died at his home in California from an apparent suicide.

Over the years he had battled depression as well as drink and drug addiction.

TheScottish Association for Mental Health tweeted: “Lots about suicide in the press today. Talk to someone you trust and remember help is out there.”

A spokesman for the UK-wide Samaritans charity said: “We were very sad to hear the news about Robin Williams, our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

“Robin touched the lives of many people and we'd like to remind anyone who has been affected by this that Samaritans is here.”

Meanwhile, Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said: "The apparent suicide of Robin Williams is a tragic and shocking event. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very difficult time.

"We would urge anyone who is experiencing the pain and distress of suicidal feelings to try and speak to someone, whether friend, family, their doctor or a charity such as Mind or Samaritans."