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I WAS saddened to hear about the suicide of the talented and humorous actor Robin Williams, but I was more upset that abusive and grossly reprehensible Tweets were sent to his daughter Zelda Williams, forcing her to make the decision to close her Twitter account.

This is completely unacceptable that in 2014 there is still a stigma around those suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts.

The latest statistics are that one in four people will suffer from mental health problems in a year and that British men are three times more likely than British women to die by suicide.

Is that perhaps because people are still stigmatising mental health and vile internet trolls are inferring that it is cowardly or selfish to commit suicide? I myself have suffered from depression – now recovered – but this kind of abuse on Twitter is far too commonplace and it needs to be stamped out forthwith.

GORDON KENNEDY

Simpson Square

Perth

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