Personally, posting or blogging about the passing of a celebrity is one of my biggest pet peeves. It is intrusive and inconsiderate to the family and friends who are in mourning. But I’m going to make myself the hypocrite by expressing the heartbreak of the loss of Robin Williams. This has nothing to do with how I feel, but how mental illness affects us all and how the world has lost a truly fantastic and talented man. Even if he didn’t see himself as such.
A few weeks ago, my sister and I had talked about one of his roles in the film, The Big Wedding. He starred in and so many, plenty which I watched over and over. Most of them were silly, some of them serious, and all of them great. Hook, Jumanji, Aladdin, Popeye, Bicentennial Man, The Fisher King, What Dreams May Come, Robots, Patch Adams, The Bircage, Death to Smoochy, Jakob the Liar, Flubber, Toys, Jack, August Rush, RV, World’s Greatest Dad, and Old Dogs is literally to name just a few of my favorites. He had been a huge part of our childhood and still was as we continued through our teen years and into adulthood. Learning he is no longer a part of our world is beyond devastating.
After years of battling depression, Robin chose to end his life. It is hard for the world to believe a great man, one who brought so much laughter to children and adults, is really gone. But as they say: The loneliest people are the kindest, saddest people smile the brightest, and the most damaged are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do. Robin was a huge part of my life, even if it was through film and television alone. I refuse to consider or see Robin as ill. He was fully aware of his condition and fought it for many years. He was strong, regardless of his final decision. Regardless of my view, depression, substance abuse, and suicide are not a matter to take lightly.
His actions effected not just his fans, but those who were extremely close and knew him on a more personal level. The worse of it being some of the back lash his family has experienced by angered and non-understanding fans. They are the ones left behind to answer for his actions.
He suffered majorly from drug abuse and depression, but did everything in his power to make the world smile and laugh. To be honest, I expected to take the children I’d some day have to see future films he would voice and/or star in. I still plan to do so with his past work.
Suicide is, without a doubt, 100% preventable. No one should ever feel it is the only option to handle their problems and treat it as a “way out”. The loss of Robin Williams reminds that it does not matter social or financial status. Anyone and everyone can be affected by depression and the way it is handled results in the positive or negative outcome. Never take someone lightly when they talk about ending their life.
Lying about ending your life in order to simply garner attention is also wrong. Crying wolf does nothing to get the help you truly need. There are people in this world who require different forms of professional guidance and we want to encourage others to help them do so, not make it difficult for them to take those human beings seriously.
As mentioned before, depression, substance abuse, and suicide is no joking matter. If you or someone you know is in dire need of help, please know there is someone in this world who does care for you. Even when you don’t.
Don’t ever believe no one is around to talk when you are in need nor that you are an unheard voice in the world. Whatever the reason may be, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is always someone who cares about what you have to say and what you are going through. ( 1-888-628-9454, para ayuda en español)
Robin McLaurin Williams, you are greatly missed and forever loved. Thank you so much for the laughs, smiles and tears. With that said, I leave you with a great part of all our childhood.