(July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)
A family has lost one of their own, and the world has lost a genius. Reports indicate that Robin had been suffering from severe depression as of late. A man who showed nothing but joy, love, and laughter to the outside world, was fighting a battle within himself.
When I heard the news of his passing, I was in disbelief. I never imagined that the man who brought laughter into my life from the beginning could ever die. But the loss of this comedic giant has reminded me of two things. One, you never know what someone is going through and two, depression is real.
To often we easily assume that we know what someone else's life is like. How easy they must have it because of how much money they make, the way they act, etc. The truth is we do not. The old saying, never judge a book by its cover has never been more true.
In looking for links to provide here in this post, I searched on Tumblr for depression and got the following screenshot.
The fact that Tumblr has incorporated this check when people search their website makes me very happy. Kudos Tumblr team, for acknowledging that you have the power and ability to help those who are in need.
Denying mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, does not help. They are real and exist. Let's end the stigma against people who suffer from depression and mental health. Even the strongest of us are susceptible. The important thing is that you get help. Please do not suffer in silence.
You are important.
Please see these resources below and reach out for help. There are people who care about you and are available to help.
- Tumblr Post of Resources for Depression, Anxiety, & Suicide Hotlines around the world
- I'm Alive
- 7 Cups of Tea
- US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Things You Ought to Know: You are important. Please seek help if you suffer from depression or suicidal thoughts.