Robin Williams and Depression

The western world has been stunned by the news of the apparent suicide of well-known and much-loved comedian, Robin Williams.

Here are some of the reactions from his fellow-celebrities:

John Travolta, his co-star in the film Old Dogs, said: “I’ve never known a sweeter, brighter, more considerate person than Robin. Robin’s commitment as an artist to lifting our mood and making us happy is compared to none. He loved us all and we loved him back.”

Mia Farrow, the actress, tweeted: “No! Robin Williams you were so loved.”

Fellow comedian and Father of the Bride actor Steve Martin said: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

We are stunned by suicide because we usually don’t see it coming. It doesn’t make sense to us. How much more so when it involves a comedian who brought laughter to so many, who ‘lifted our mood’, as John Travolta says. In the end, battling depression and addictions, Robin Williams was unable to lift his own mood.

Mia Farrow’s comment is one which resonates with us: “No! Robin Williams you were so loved.” We don’t understand how someone who was loved by so many could feel so down, so desperate, that they would end their own life.

Suicide is a huge topic and so is depression. We can only hope and pray that the media coverage now which will surround the tragic death of Robin Williams will serve to lift some of the taboo which still surrounds the subject of depression.

If you – or someone you know – is suffering from depression, please seek help. Find a good counsellor and get the support you need to walk through the dark tunnel. You don’t have to walk through it alone. There are lots of good resources out there now too, some of which you will find listed under the section on depression, the black dog, in this blog.

20140812-111230.jpg You can also read the story of my own depression there.

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