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Rural Blog: Lawrenceburg journalist tackles topic of depression, writes about own battle

By Tim Mandell Special to KyForward   Depression is a subject people often shy away from discussing, but a large percentage of Americans suffer from, or have suffered from, serious depression. Around 50 million have become seriously depressed at some point during their lives, according to a report by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. ­   The suicide last month of...

Mike Farrell: No matter how hard we try, suicide is beyond understanding, explanation

They were just two lines in the New York Times online: The Marin County sheriff’s office said in a statement that it “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.” An investigation was under way. Robin Williams, who made us laugh for more than three decades, apparently drowned in his own depression. It is beyond understanding, and it is certainly beyond explanation.   Robin Williams The...

James Halcomb: Growing up watching
Robin Williams has had enormous impact

It is really strange when a celebrity dies, especially someone who had such a great impact on you, as Robin Williams had on me.   As a kid I was enamored with Mork from Ork – I actually had not one, but two, Ork dolls. It had a really cool backpack with a string that you pulled to hear several of the character’s catchphrases. Even though the backpack is long gone, the doll itself is...