Like many, I am very saddened by the death of Robin Williams. He was a phenomenal actor, and he played iconic roles in some of my favorite films of all time. Much of what I have seen regarding his death has me thinking, and I thought I would share some of those thoughts:
1. You should be upset and you should mourn, but you should not make this about yourself (i.e. “I didn’t need this today,” or “Well this doesn’t help my mood”). The man took his own life - let’s not equate it to getting a parking ticket or stubbing your toe.
2. From both sides of the argument, let’s remember that even though he was hilarious, gifted and inspiring, he was also a human being that reportedly experienced very serious depression. Humor, talent or success does not protect you from experiencing deep and difficult things in life, as we have seen time and time again, and we should not forget that.
3. His being in the public eye does not give you the authority to make judgment calls about who he was as a person. This includes Tweets and Facebook statuses. The despair one must feel to make the decision that he did is not something to be handled lightly, but rather with radical tenderness and compassion.
4. This is happening every single day to people who go unnamed. ”Breaking news of a prominent person’s suicide is traumatic and triggering for a lot of folks that have experienced the effects of suicide or depression. Be good to one another and look out for one another right now. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is one of many resources out there: 1-800-273-8255.”