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" If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them. "

anonymous reader on The Dish

One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

(via mysweetetc)

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My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.

- My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)
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" I heard a joke once: Man goes to the doctor. Says he’s depressed, life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. “But Doctor” he says, “I am Pagliacci.” "
- Robin Williams (via amyjellicoes)

(Source: paintedlions)


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I’m very sorry that this may interrupt what I usually post to this blog, but I must pay my respects to this man. Robin Williams, too young at 63, was found dead this morning of apparent suicide. He had been reportedly battling depression for a long time, which can be surprising to most since he spread so much laughter to the rest of us.
I don’t need to explain how amazing this man was. He was an inspiration, a light in some of our lives, and one of the most important actors/comics of our time. We all know that. And it’s heart dropping to realize that he is now gone, and gone much too soon.
All I can hope for is that he’s in a happier place, somewhere, and that we can all learn from him. I’d also like to take this moment to reach out to any of my beautiful followers who are battling depression and to let you know that no matter how big or small this blog is, I will always answer you if you tell me you need help. Anonymous or not, I encourage you to find someone (including me) to talk to, to vent to, to cry to, and just to let everything out to so that we don’t lose any more wonderful people to this battle.
Rest in peace, Robin Williams.

I am heartbroken, he was loved and cared for but his illness denied him.
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