I was so sad to hear about Robin Williams' death earlier this week. He brought people so much joy and made everyone laugh and cry with his comedy and acting. Despite the happiness he brought others, it sounds like he was silently suffering on the inside, as many people do from depression and mental health concerns. I can relate as I suffered from suicidal thoughts after I had a hysterectomy.
Suicide is the seventh leading cause of death among men, according to the CDC's most recent statistics on men's health from 2010. Why is this number so high? When someone is diagnosed with cancer, we're all over it. Sadly, when an individual is suffering from depression, we act like they can simply stop being depressed on their own.
Just like the heart and lungs, the brain is an organ in the human body. But there is no stigma surrounding heart and lung disease like there is with mental health. When chemical imbalances occur in the brain, it can result in a mental illness like depression.
If we want perception on mental health to change, we must bring attention to all areas of health, including mental health. People battling from any health condition ranging from heart disease to depression should not have to suffer. It is important to get rid of the stigma associated with mental health. Be there for and offer support to loved ones suffering from depression.
I will miss Robin Williams dearly. He was such a talented man who brought laughter to my life. Williams' legacy will live on through his movies, comedic talent and his children. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time. I will always remember and hold on to the happiness and laughter he brought me. Rest in peace Robin!
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Thank you Michelle for your recent SHARE!
The passing of Robin Williams was so tragic and it too made me very sad! I grew up watching Robin Williams and his talent and humor entertained me throughout my lifetime!
I also agree with your opinion regarding mental health and the stigma that is associated with depression. Many people who battle this illness, suffer alone, often reluctant to tell anyone, even their loved ones. Those who are able to get help often face struggles as well. Managing medication, going to therapy and staying healthy is not always as easy as many non suffers perceive.
This year alone we have experienced heartbreak in Hollywood as two very talented, brilliant actors, Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman died far too young; both reportedly battled with addiction. It goes to show that addiction and or mental illness can devastate any family and that it is truly a life threatening disease.
As upsetting as it is to say farewell to Robin Williams, it allows the opportunity to put a spotlight on depression and give it the attention that it needs. It is my hope that those suffering from depression, can now find the courage to turn for help.
Michelle, I agree with you that it is important to get rid of the stigma associated with mental health! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
KristinAugust 12, 2014 - 4:49pm