BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Many Western New Yorkers are mourning the loss of Robin Williams, but his struggle with depression is not unique.
His death has hit home for many battling severe depression.
Those fighting the illness often hide behind a happy face, even though what they’re feeling inside is much deeper.
Cheektowaga native Jason Cole knows this first hand.
“You’re constantly acting, acting and pretending to be someone you’re not,” said Cole. “I would get home at the end of the day and just break down.”
“It’s common for patients to feel like they have to put on an act, especially around loved ones,” said Dr. Maria Cartagena of BryLin Behavioral Health System.
Studies show depression is not brought on by just one specific event, but is the culmination of a lot of different problems and emotions.
Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year, and research shows many of those people have never sought professional help.
Getting help is confidential and easy. If you’re battling depression, call BryLin Behavioral Health Services at 716-886-8200.