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Robin Williams’ death brings depression and suicide into forefront

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Just like actor Robin Williams, this woman struggled with depression.

She didn't want to give her name or show her face, but she wanted to tell her story to PIX11 News.

"Suicide was a big part of my life. I battled with it for many, many, many years."

We are now learning more about Williams' battle with depression.

Robin Williams made us laugh, the kind of way we all need to, he also touched our hearts.

Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein is President of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

"Depression is a terrible illness, and one of the symptoms of depression is hopelessness," said Borenstein.

"When someone feels so hopeless that they cannot get better, and they can't escape the pain, that can drive them to contemplate and unfortunately complete suicide," said Borenstein.

"I think that people from all backgrounds, all economic levels, all intellect levels are at risk of depression," added Borenstein.

The woman we spoke with is now a volunteer at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City. She wants to raise awareness.