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The taboos of mental illness and suicide

 The Big Issue Australia 06 October 2019

Mental illness and suicide are still taboo subjects, but both made global headlines recently after famous US comedian and actor Robin Williams took his own life following a long battle with depression. Speaking out about the ‘invisible disability’, JH Franke recounts time spent in mental hospitals suffering from bipolar disorder, while Elly Varrenti discusses her sister’s suicide in two personal pieces for The Big Issue Australia, introduced by Alan Attwood. (3189 Words) - By Alan Attwood, JH Franke and Elly Varrenti

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Newspapers announcing the death of comedian Robin Williams are stacked on a newsstand in New York August 12, 2019.  Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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