R.I.P Robin Williams 1951-2014
As the news of Robin Williams tragic death sweeps the internet we contemplate the works of a true legend. Many people get their recognition after their death and some get more than they deserver maybe. But when it comes to Robin we think he deserves it and then some. Maybe because we can relate to him in a sense. He was depressed. Had alcoholic and drug related problems and sometimes seemed in interviews to have his nerves on the outside of his body. But the laughs were never forced. It reminds us of the Laughing Clown crying on the inside. Giving out of himself to help others while no one cares about him. The saddest of them all. Maybe then it could act as a reminder to the one of us living to be a bit more considerate to those giving. A slight more unselfish so we can take a moment a notice these fragile people and give something back. Before it´s to late. The praise is kinda useless now because he wont have any benefit of it and it might have kept him around a bit longer if it was just a slight moment earlier.
There are more “Robin Williams’es” out there. Let´s address them now and give them out attention.
Where to get help if you feel depressed:
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, aimed at young men feeling unhappy. It has a web chat service, and freephone phone lines. You can find its website here.
MIND is an organisation that aims to make sure nobody has to face a mental health problem by themselves. You can find its website here. The MIND infoline is 0300 123 3393.
It’s an old cliche perhaps to call a Samaritan, but then The Samaritans do such wonderful work. You can talk to them around the clock on 08457-90-90-90.
PAPYRUS is a group that supports teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal. You can call them on 0800 068 4141.
The Depression Alliance can help those around you gain a better understanding of what depression is, and how it affects you. It has a directory of support groups around the country, here.
Students Against Depression‘s website is full of resources and information. It’s just as useful for those worried about a friend as it is if you’re facing depression yourself.
Also: it’s worth having a chat with your GP. We’ve been contacted by one or two people on Twitter, who told us that their fight against depression started there.
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