Dear Depressed Souls,
Robin Williams suicide wasn’t just sad, it was enlightening. Depression is a mental illness that people sometimes forget the seriousness of: and it can happen to anyone.
I don’t know many things about Robin Williams private life. Obviously, however, his life wasn’t a bed of roses. Time may tell what the reason behind his death is. What I do know is that he was a man who brought light and laughter into the life of millions worldwide throughout his career. He had a family, a job many envied, and a level of success many of us will never achieve.
Yet, it’s plausible that he took his own life. When I heard the news it made me sad, shocked, but not surprised at the possibility.
The very fact that suicide, for a man like Robin Williams, is even a possibility should remind us all to pay careful attention to those around us whom we love. And that doesn’t mean to simply look for a smile on their face, or a witty grin. Don’t think that just because on the surface they might be doing better than you, it means that all is well. That real estate that lies between the two ears of any human is unpredictable and ever changing.
And if you suffer from depression–don’t feel like a failure if you can’t simply “overcome” it. And you aren’t a failure of you can’t just “positive think” your depression away. And so what if your life, from the perspective of those outside, seems to be going amazingly well yet you find yourself still struggling with depression.
It isn’t an easily fixed thing. If it were the rich and powerful would not suffer with it. They’d pay to find an easy cure, and an easy cure would be found.
It takes work, and constant effort. But hope is eternal, and never lost.
As one who has suffered from depression I mourn for him and his family. The world has lost an amazing light. Let not that light be dimmed in vain.
- The Chick