Robin Williams was dearly loved. And so are you.

I’ve been there.
i’ve gotten the call, the news.
I’ve been there.
I’ve sat in front of the casket at the funeral.
I’ve been there.
I’ve seen the ambulances down the street.
I’ve been there.
Nights spent haunted with the plaguing question: Why?
Why did he do it? Why do people choose to die?
I wouldn’t wish the pain of losing someone to suicide on any person.
Because I’ve been there. And it hurts.

I’ve lost two friends to suicide. I remember those nights very clearly. And the days following are a blur of sadness, confusion, and so many questions. My heart breaks for the millions of people around the world who are there today. Whether He was the Genie of your childhood, or Mrs. Doubtfire from your 20’s a personal friend, a father, husband or cousin.  Mr.Williams has impacted us all. As we remember his life, celebrate his life and talents;  let us not ignore the severity of the mental health crisis in America. Thousands commit suicide each year. I am not belittling the loss of Robin Williams, but merely stating the reality of the situation. Thousands becomes a whole lot more real when you lose someone to suicide, statistics become a lot more real when someone you know  dies. I remember my pain, my grief and to think that so many people around the nation are experiencing that grief daily is unfathomable. All the while, the ever-increasing suicide rate (specifically in young adults) and even more so in adults, is not being addressed. To the world the losses you experienced are a number, a statistic, but you scream at the world: “No! He is not a number, he was my friend!”
Millions of families, friends, schools, churches, communities are screaming those words out each day as their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, pastors, coworkers, teachers, uncles, grandparents are ending their lives. The number one cause of suicide is untreated depression. And depression can be treated. 80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully ( Mental health, suicide, depression, addiction are all stigmatized topics that have been taboo subjects for centuries. How do you remove the elephant from a room? You talk about it. Healthy, accurate conversations need to start about mental illness.
I’m not an expert on mental illness in any way. Depression is a very complicated illness. My heart breaks for Robin Williams. My heart breaks for his family, for those who worked alongside him, and all the people he impacted in his life. He was dearly loved.

And so are you.


1 Comment

  1. Strange, like many others I didn’t know Robin personally, but for me this was a very sad time. I too have been down the depression path and almost lost my life as a result, but god pulled me through. Robin didn’t die of suicide he died of depression.

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