With the passing of Robin Williams yesterday, we lost a huge personality we grew up with. We lost somebody who seemed to bubble over with laughter so much that he had to share the extra with the world. But that was obviously not the case. We know that he struggled with depression, and it looks like yesterday, heartbreakingly, he lost that battle. But this isn’t about Robin Williams because we should remember him for how he lived, not for how he left this world.
It’s about mental illness. The stigma, the reality, and the truth of struggling internally while putting on a brave face. You probably know somebody – or a few people – who suffer from depression or anxiety, but you might never know it because they can put on a mask to get through the day. Maybe you are hiding your own struggles from your friends and family.
But those people are your support network, and this isn’t something you can do by yourself. If you’re not okay, talk to someone. If you’d feel better talking to a stranger, that’s fine, too. Call one of these places; that’s what they’re there for.
Just don’t try to do this by yourself.