The Sudden Death of the one of the best comedians and actors Robin Williams brought America to a stand still. Despite the energy and focus it took to cope with and manage mental illness, Robin Williams ws able to bring joy and laughter to millions of people around the world.
Williams's media agent stated that Robin had "Severe Depression," but he hadn't been so public about possible mental health struggles. Willams had been open about his ecperience with supstance abuse, including cocaine-fuled hallucinations that he recounted in his 1986 one-man show. His wife Susan Schneider also revealed Thursday that he was in the early stages of Parkinsons Disease.
William's death has inspired many different journalist and public personalities to speak out about thie experiences with mental illness. The incovienent truth is that for too many people, mental illness can be fatal. While shame or prejudice, lack of access or poor quality of care cal all contribute to fatal outcomes, even those who have been very public about their struggle and have had access to the best available care still, too often, due from depression.
The man who made millions laigh arround the world could find no laughter for himself. He took his own lige for weeks ago. Perhaps now, the voices will be silent.
Robin Mclaurin WIlliams (July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014)