Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Life Makes Heroes: Robin Williams...

Hello my lovelies!

I am sure all of you would have heard by now about the tragic passing of Robin Williams. Robin was a talented and genius comedian and he was in some of my favourite childhood films - Jumanji, Flubber, Mrs Doubtfire, RV, Dead Poets Society, Night at the museum, Aladdin...just to name a few. It is so sad that such a talented man died at such a young age. I have read lots of articles, some calling him selfish because he died through suicide. It is easy to throw around these comments but many forget that he was fighting depression for many many years. As a student studying Psychology I understand how depression can completely change you, alter the way that you think and on the sad occassions - make you do drastic things.

 I am lucky enough to have never experienced depression so I am in no way claiming to be an expert. I guess you can't ever fully know unless you have experienced it yourself - I would never wish it on anyone. All we can do is be sympathetic to the situation and help as best as we can. Raise awareness for an illness that is just as dangerous as getting cancer. Just because you cannot physically see depression does not mean it is any less important. What we need to remember about depression is that it is not logical, and it is a serious illness. The term 'depressed' gets thrown about so loosely that I fear many people forget what a serious and life-harming topic it can be. I feel utterly sad and devastated for Robin's family but at least they know he is at peace now and no longer fighting this horrible battle. If you hear anyone calling him selfish, or you yourself think that he is selfish, think first about his state of mind. He would not have been thinking logically nor would he be thinking about his family. He would have been thinking about escape. Maybe even thinking he would be helping his family by freeing them of his illness? There are so many questions that we do not know the answers to because they are personal to him and his family. I personally don't think anyone has the right to call him selfish. He was an ill man just looking for freedom.

I respected Robin a lot because he has always been so open about his mental health issues and he helped many teenagers that were going through it at the time. He also devoted a lot of his time to charity, helping to raise over $80 million for Comic relief. I often find that the news like to comment more on substance abuse and all the things Robin did wrong instead of the things he did right. This is just one of the things that is wrong with the media. I really hope that Robin William's can be remembered for his comedic genius, his award-winning roles, his inspiration that being open about mental illness should be celebrated and not frowned upon and his devoted charity work. Rest in peace, Robin. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that you will be sorely missed. If we learn anything from this tragedy it has to be that we need to talk about depression. I posted a while ago about smashing the stigma of depression during Mental Health Awareness week. In reality, this needs to be permanent - not just a week to highlight the illness. The illness isn't just a week for the people suffering, it is a lifetime feat that they face every day. We need to try and get rid of this stigma and show a supported front.

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