"I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone”
Sending love to Robin Williams and his family.
Depression is a crushing weight to bear - I suffer from it. I have friends who suffer from it. Many of you will suffer from it.
When someone reaches out to you, don’t turn them away or trivialise their concerns. It can be a scary thing when someone opens up to you - be a friend and listen. Encourage them to seek professional support - many doctors and mental health organisations are on the top of their game in helping those in need.
Don’t be afraid to seek help - no one is laughing at you. No one wants to undermine you - they want to help you be the person you know you can be. Everyone may not understand, but they will strive to be understanding. Treatment might not perform a miracle in the first instance - it might take a few tries to get the combination right.
I’m not a doctor, I’m not a therapist - I’m just a person giving advice to those who might want to read it.
Don’t take that last final, fatal action - everyone is worth so much more than that.
Image: Robin Williams in his letterman jacket c.1969