A few days ago one of the funniest people I have ever seen on television or in movies passed away. It was sad to hear that Robin Williams had died, and even sadder still that he apparently took his own life.
It is hard to wonder how someone who outwardly seems so happy could do this. But, I don’t know his mind or his thoughts or what he was dealing with. From what several reports have stated, he had suffered from depression as well as substance abuse. These are real conditions and things to be taken very seriously.
Yet, there are people who are judging and being critical of him, and calling him selfish. That bothers me just as much as him seeming to feel there was no other way to deal with whatever it was that was paining him. My heart truly goes out to his family and his friends.
A lot has also been discussed since this happened regarding depression and how little is known about it. I agree that more needs to be discussed. Depression is something that shouldn’t be a thing of shame but as with other conditions, something that can hopefully be diagnosed and treated.
I have read a few postings about depression that have been very insightful. I have also seen numerous postings for suicide prevention hotlines. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Calls will be answered by trained counselors.
I reposted a picture yesterday that really moved me. It said, “Be Kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” This is so true. No matter what pain we are in, I hope we won’t belittle others and what they are dealing with.
We all choose to show the world and our loved ones what we want to. I just hope and pray that through this tragedy, we can learn to share with each other and reach out when help is needed.
I pray that those dealing with depression can get needed help. I also pray that friends and family can be supportive and listen. May we truly help and love one another.