News: The Courier Journal, August 25, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Saddened by death of Robin Williams

10:41 a.m. EDT August 25, 2014
Like the rest of the nation, we were deeply saddened to hear of Robin Williams’ passing earlier this month. The knowledge that he faced ongoing addiction, depression, and more recently, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, amplifies the tragedy and the need for increased treatment options in every community across the country.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that as many as 10 million Americans suffer from addiction and a mental health disorder, also known as a co-occurring disorder. Integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders — offered in our own community by Volunteers of America and other providers — is the key to protecting individuals from isolation, illness, incarceration and, yes, suicide. To learn more, please visit

We share the sentiment that Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ wife, expressed after his passing: “We hope others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

JANE W. BURKS, President and CEO                                                                                                                                                           JENNIFER HANCOCK, LCSW, President Elect                                                                                                                                                   Volunteers of America of Kentucky                                                                                                                                                                     Louisville 40202

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