We can still love and adore Robin Williams, while faulting him for denying one harsh truth. That is, he faced mental illness in the form of depression and, likely, bipolar disorder. Had Robin Williams been honest with himself and others about this, and had he sought medical treatment for his mood disorder, he'd very likely be alive today. Mood disorders are highly treatable (though there is no cure) through medication.
Robin Williams could've been a phenomenal advocate on behalf of those wrestling with bipolar disorder and depression. In part, his legacy equates with our advocacy. Yet we'd much rather have Robin Williams alive to do this work.
In his memory, we will express the message and work to conquer the stigma attached to all forms of mental illness. We'll also stop to smile and laugh. Thank you, Robin. We'll forever love you.
Through the screen your gentle spark
Calms our view of worlds dark
The I.C.U. where kids fill beds
Your big red nose heals more than meds
Though Vietnam brings horrors near
You jolt us up with morning cheer
And stuff your bra then mop the floors
For a chance to see those kids of yours
You're trained to sit and use a fork.
"Come in, Orson!" Mork from Ork.
The laughs you give seem without end
A comic genius
You teach and counsel
You're Popeye too
But there's one thing you couldn't do: Win the war that stole your stage
Depression, drugs - a silent rage
Your fragile soul, beyond compare
A wit so sharp
A heart so rare
May our love for you
Lift your loved ones through
Now ours to share.
"It is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions." - Susan Schneider, Robin Williams' Wife
None of us is alone. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S., 1-800-273-TALK (8255)