As I was heading home from my yoga class, I heard the sad news that Robin Williams has died of suspected suicide.
An amazing person who gave the world so much joy, it is so tragic that he himself struggled with severe depression.
This brings home the fact that mental illness has a long and indiscriminate reach. That it is so often hidden below the surface and isolates the sufferer.
Some of my earliest memories are of toddling about and laughing at the antics of Williams’ hilarious character Mork in Mork and Mindy. I grew up with the Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting. He was such a talented man.
Please take this as a reminder that major depression is a serious illness and that it should not be ignored. It can affect anyone and we need to have more openness and and help for sufferers…
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