There's a lot of discussion going on about the recent death of Robin Williams and the possibility that it was a suicide, and amongst the sympathetic posts, I came across one friend's feedback who felt annoyed that the world should care more about his plight just because he's famous, than the plight of the non-famous people who suffer equally but cannot afford care, or don't have the world caring about them when they sadly choice to leave this world.
To her I commented, "It's sad when anyone is caught in a depression and can't find their way through, beauty. When it's a celebrity it allows the masses to become aware of what's always going on around us. His struggle is no less important than the "crack head junkie" you mentioned. Pain is pain. Suffering affects us all. It hurts my heart no matter who it is. Now the topic [online] will be depression and suicide which is a GREAT thing because you're right. People need to wake up."
I agree with her sentiments that I can't fully share here due to privacy, but I also love any situation that raises awareness and discussion on things that truly matter.
The fact that Robin Williams inspired so much laughter and infused our lives with joy, makes people more responsive to the reality of depression because now they're forced to integrate it with their perception of him. They can't simply attribute it to a stereotypical and limiting belief of what kind of person struggles with mental illness.
This situation expands our minds and it somehow makes the topic more accessible to the masses. Even just the awareness of it is a step in the right direction.
Yes, people care more but I don't see that as a bad thing. It sheds light on something that surrounds us daily.
Many people are in deep pain. Ready to end it all. I've been there myself too many times, as you all know.
But look at your newsfeed right now and tell me that the topic of depression and suicide isn't at the forefront. It is. As it should be (among other important issues circulating right now). Because we need to address it and find ways to help more people through it.
I love you all. And as I wrote on my recent update, I'm sending love to Robin's family and to anyone else who might also be struggling with the darkness in their own lives right now.
It's the very worst place to be. I'm so sorry for the hell you're in.
You are loved and I'm glad you're still here.
Deep breath, sweet friend.
All my love,
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