We’ve rarely been as sad to hear of a celebrity passing then we were when Robin Williams passed away on 11 August 2014. There was, and never will be, a comedian quite like him. He was a truly unique human being. He had a gift for acting and comedy and a penchant for doing hilarious voices, and we remember also watching interviews with him where he also seemed like such a generous and warm-hearted human being. He was a much loved movie star, friend, husband and father.
It’s so sad to hear that, with all those who loved him, he still struggled with depression. This only highlights how this illness completely distorts the sufferer’s reality and can make them feel worthless, or like life is not worth living. It can rob the most successful and loved person of all their self esteem.
Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding the illness only serves to make it harder for people suffering depression to speak out, for fear of embarrassment or appearing ‘weak’.
To all those out there going through mental distress, whether that be depression, anxiety or any other disorder that causes you to question your worth, remember that you are NOT weak and that there are millions of people in the world who share your pain and understand exactly what you are going through. You are NOT alone and you CAN be helped. Learn to accept what you’re experiencing as a process that has a remedy and seek help.
For more information on mental illness or for details on who you can contact for assistance, visit beyondblue. beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma.
If you wish to support beyondblue and those suffering from mental distress, you can donate directly via the website. We also donate 100% of the profit from our Choose Life tees to beyondblue.
With love, the Closet Stop team xx