Robin Williams passed away yesterday at age 63. For years, Williams suffered from mental illness and depression, a struggle he made little effort to conceal. Whether or not his death is ruled a suicide, one thing remains certain: mental illness is not a joke. Robin Williams was an amazing actor, capable of making us laugh and cry… sometimes at the same time. But something we should never laugh at, something we should never mock, is mental illness. Let us be reminded in this tragedy that we must never make a mockery of suicide. Robin Williams’ early death serves as a reminder of the terrible sorrow and pain it causes.
If you are reading this, and contemplating suicide please get help. There is always a tomorrow. There is always hope. There is always someone who cares. If you don’t know of someone, then click here to find someone waiting to help you. People want to help. You don’t have to do this alone.
Rest in peace, Captain. Our prayers are with your family and countless others who have suffered from the results of mental illness.