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Death of Robin Williams Brings Questions About Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

With the suicide of Robin Williams, many people have questions about suicide. This also brings up memories & thoughts of loved ones lost to suicide.  Margie Johnston of Scarborough lost her daughter, Ashley to suicide and has put her efforts toward prevention.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to speak with Margie Johnston who is now a Chair and Field Advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The interview can be heard on the 94.9 HOM website. The organization has made a comment on their Facebook page about Robin Williams’ death and provides more insight.

There are places to turn for support and ways to help prevent future suicides. One of the local events that Margie is working on is the Out of the Darkness Walk. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 4-8 PM at the Memorial Park in Scarborough, Maine. The acoustic band, October Road, will be playing in the Gazebo. Registration starts at 4 PM and the walk/run will be from 4:30-8 PM.  The Scarborough Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse will be bringing the grills to cook for all the walkers and runners.  A balloon send off for families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide will complete the event.  For more information, please contact Margie Johnston at (207) 883-0932 or email  Donations can be made at



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