Monday, August 11, 2014

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.

Oh, Captain! My Captain!
(illustration by Jacquie of Bird Black Emporium)

Today a beautiful and talented spirit was lost. Robin Williams was suffering from severe depression, and it seems that he came to the decision to end his life at the age of 63.

Unfortunately this actor who seemed full of life, who lived to make others smile, was affected severely by depression, and opted out of life. He left all of his loved ones behind including his wife Susan Schneider who stated, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Depression is a serious condition that affects many people world wide, and it is often forgotten about. In 2012, it was reported that 1 in 10 Americans are affected by depression at one point or another. As well, over 80% of people experiencing symptoms of depression are not receiving any treatment to help with these symptoms. (statistics via healthline) Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions.
  • Fatigue and decreased energy.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism.

Speaking from experience, depression is no joke, and is hard to seek any kind of help when you are experiencing it. If you, or anyone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms above, please seek help by speaking to someone about it. It is important to talk about how you are feeling when you are feeling incredibly down. Depression can lead to serious life changing decisions like the one Mr. Williams chose. Decisions that are 100% preventable if you talk to someone or seek treatment.

So please do not ignore the warning signs, it could save your life or someone else's.
Your mental health is important.

Rest in peace Robin Williams, you were truly one in a million.

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