I find myself to share some of the awesome articles and sites that I’ve read over the past 24 hours regarding depression and suicide.
As the entire world knows by now, actor and comedian, Robin Williams, committed suicide yesterday, August 11, 2014.
I have read some comments saying he is a coward and how suicide is the most selfish thing that someone can do. Sentences like, “Get some help and get over it” and “it’s his own fault” echo through my head.
My husband suffers from depression. I don’t understand it. I can’t begin to understand it. I just hope that he would come to me if his depression was so severe to the point where suicide seems to be the only way out of it.
I know he has been to that place before. I can’t say he’ll never be at that place again. I just hope that if the darkness does surround him again, he will come to me so I can try to get him some help.
Most of the links I’m going to share were shared on Facebook by people I am friends with or pages I follow. I believe all of them are worth a read.
— Video: In Response To Robin Williams’ Death, The Most Powerful Description Of Depression I’ve Ever Heard – directly quoted from the video, “…suddenly you’re the problem, you’re the downer. And you really want to, you really want to, you really wanna go out to the bar and you really wanna go out and have fun but your body just doesn’t allow you to. As if something inside you is just forcing you to be down.”
— Robin Williams Did Not Die From Suicide – I love this author’s comparison that a person may have cancer but it’s a seizure that kills them, yet we still said they died from the cancer. He passed away from depression. Suicide can be a symptom of depression.
— 3 Articles from Psychology Today: Robin Williams and the Mask of Humor, Robin Williams Did Not Die From Depression, Can’t We Learn From The Death of Robin Williams? – I think these articles are excellent.
— The Death of Robin Williams, And What Suicide Isn’t – This article pretty much sums up how I feel but cannot put into words myself. Awesome, awesome article!
— Why Robin Williams’ Death Is So Personal For Us All – Suicide, although so real, is something that we don’t often talk about. Robin Williams’ death has got us all talking.
— On Dead Poets & Talking It Out – I personally read this blog on a regular basis. Good message. We need to talk to each other about how we are feeling…it may not always help, but in some cases it can.
— Robin Williams’s death: a reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish – Depression is an illness. It doesn’t discriminate.
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Please, if you are feeling like you may be depressed and are having suicidal thoughts, please seek help!