Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams

Yesterday's tragic news about the suicide of Robin Williams--a man who was afflicted with both addiction and depression--was hard to hear.

So many people suffer from mental illness, yet it is still highly stigmatized in our society. Addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc., are still the big elephants in the room that people don't want to talk about. That needs to change.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Robin Williams's death; especially his family. They lost someone who meant the world to them much, much too soon.

If you haven't read it already--or maybe even if you have--please read my blog post from back in May entitled "Depression and Addiction: We Must Break the Stigmas." 


"Get help. I did. Be a resurrection story, in the wild non-denominational sense." --Anne Lamott

P.S. If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness and needs help, here is a great list of resources from To Write Love on Her Arms. And if you or someone you love is suffering specifically from addiction, call the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).

1 comment:

  1. Such brilliance - so hard to imagine that he could have the ability to make so many people laugh, and yet be in such a dark place of despair himself. The world has lost one of the greats. It seems that talent like this often comes with demons - PSH comes to mind as well. So truly saddened by this.