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In Memory of Robin Williams

Mork calling Orson. Come in, Orson.
Mork calling Orson. Come in, Orson.
Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

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.


Dear Robin

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

Humble friend

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

Your legacy

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)

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