it's been a month since i was standing in the kitchen and alex told me robin williams had died. that sudden jolt of shock that makes you feel nauseous filled my body. no! he can't be dead! images of a horrible car accident came to my mind before i asked how...how did he die?
"um, the article says suicide."
what?! no... robin williams? one of the the happiest, funniest men alive?
i wasn't aware he battled depression or had been to rehab for drug abuse. i learned about his mental health issues in the days that followed. but he seemed so happy.
i don't know what people who battle depression need to hear. but i do know what they don't need to hear.
stop posting that picture from aladdin that says "you're free now, genie"
do you not hear what that is saying to people who are considering committing suicide?!?! i'm sure it seems harmless and makes you feel all sentimental about your childhood but let's get one thing straight:
suicide is not freedom. stop perpetuating that idea. stop telling deeply depressed people that they'll finally be free if they kill themselves. STOP.
suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for americans. nearly 40,000 people take their life every year. on a scale of 1 to a trillion i only understand .000000000000001% about mental illness but that is no excuse to pretend it doesn't exist.
next time you get upset that robin williams pops up in your news feed more than the articles about human trafficking, remember those statistics. keep in mind there are people around you suffering, some of them silently, that could do without your dismissal of an issue that's just as real and horrible.