"If you're that depressed, reach out to someone. And remember, suicide is a permanent solution, to a temporary problem," Robin Williams.
Actor Robin Williams was a funny man, but also a sad and depressed one. His life is proof that one doesn’t have to be one or the other. Very happy seeming people can be struggling deep inside and it is important to be vigilant, as an individual and as their friend or family. Over the years, he has talked about mental illness, suicide and taking the leap of faith to do what we want to do in life.
He had a unique voice that was equally heartwarming, funny and deep. Most of the characters from Jumanji to Mrs. Doubtfire or Bicentennial Man to Good Will Hunting were entertaining but also raw. Their essence came from the earnestness of the actor and also reflected his angst as a human. These characters touched the hearts of the viewers making us want to go to it over and over. But, the genius actor struggled with depression and drug use for decades, while being a ray of hope for others with mental health issues. After his long struggle, he committed suicide on August 11, 2014.
The actor had been diagnosed with Lewy body disease (LBD), which affects the memory and makes physical movement difficult, and can cause dementia and hallucinations. His wife, Susan Schneider Williams, and friend Billy Crystal could only take a guess at what the genius and Julliard-trained actor was going through. “I will never know the true depth of his suffering,” said Susan, reported Telegraph UK.
Since Williams was undiagnosed, the inexplicable hallucinations and failing memory was a terror for him and he was often crying on the sets. He had also been diagnosed with Parkinson ’s disease. While Parkinson’s and LBD are degenerative conditions, mental health illness is something that an individual can have some degree of control over by seeking therapy, support, and medication. Knowing that you are not alone always helps, so does actively doing things that have in the past made one happy and given comfort.