Over 100 film and television show credits to his name, what stands out is the role Robin Williams lived as the man. Humanitarian, loving father and husband, he was the genuine article.
Scores of media will recount thousands of appearances, and don't get me wrong, that is great stuff. But, Monday was no extraordinary day in the life of a man who had no where to run. It was shaping up to be less prolific for someone who screamed for help so loudly it deafened those possibly closest to him and cast a limited eye view to all who admired his work, despite his own admissions.
Robin was noted as kind, generous, loving, always looking out for others type- person. In some of these recantings are the most endearing emotional responses one can evoke as death is never something we want to accept, we involuntarily yield to it's lethal injection on our imperfect, tender hearts and souls. Life's lessons continue to teach us whether we opt out or not. Saying you know someone is depressed is very different from understanding what deep depression can and will do to alter your atmosphere.
Disbelief gives way to sadness, anger and finally resignation as the question appeals as to what could have been done to prevent this terrible tragedy. Sorrowfully, the answer may not be popular but it is one that lends itself to a quiet scope on the many concerns surrounding deep depression: in the end the person hurting may still choose to end their own life, taking their grief with them.
For those who fight this condition, it is tough enough without being ignored. Please reach out to those you know or suspect may be affected. Do the research and seek to educate not hide the facts of depression. Pleasant remembrances of a dear friend, family or the famous is an awesome way to keep the good times present. Helping those left behind and trying to help sufferers of depression instead of sweeping it under the rug might help more individuals ask for assistance-if they want it, and might aid one more person to fight the fine fight for life. One worth living.
Robin McLaurin Williams is already missed as heavy hearts support our tears, please remember those he left behind: His wife, Susan Schneider, children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody and all of his family, extended and otherwise.
Please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), because life can go on and we want you here-right here with us. Alive-living-surviving, experiencing happiness-with nothing to be ashamed of.
Until next time~