It’s really distressing to see some of the vitriol that’s being spewed about depression and suicide right now. But at least people are finally talking about it. I would like to see the hatred and fear turn into compassion and understanding. It’s just an illness; a silent, life threatening illness.
Someone who commits suicide hasn’t committed murder, and they aren’t intentionally doing anything to anyone. They are merely trying to escape their own agony, trying to get release from the torture of their existence. Addictions merely compound existing mental health issues. Please, practice compassion and understanding. And check in with people to make sure that they really are ok. Maybe once the dehumanizing stigma is gone, we won’t lose any more of our precious people. I loved Robin Williams, I grew up loving him. I really hope that his legacy is to help millions get the help they need.