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April 03 2015

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.

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simplewallflowerthoughts: I love this because it acknowledges that Robin Williams knew that he wasn’t mentally well, and he did fight it. I do not pass judgment on him for doing what he did. I don’t pass judgment on anyone who decides to stop fighting. Sometimes a life of depression and mental illness is just too much to take. Don’t get me wrong. I’m heartbroken actually. But it also isn’t my place to decide if life was bearable, or even good, for him, after fighting so long. I will be lucky to make it to 63. I applaud him for making it as far as he did and for inspiring so many along the way. 

I still think that it is a noble effort to try and encourage people to seek help, though, for those who haven’t or are struggling. Sometimes people haven’t sought help and should; we don’t know everyone else’s situations. Sometimes people seek help but aren’t helped. Sometimes, though, people don’t seek help, and it’s too late. That’s what people are saying when they say “seek help”. They’re trying to help the people who haven’t yet asked for a hand. That’s what it is, really, and that’s all it ever should be; encouragement to seek a hand if you haven’t, or aren’t. 

63 was more of a miracle, I think, than some of us know for Robin Williams. We should be remembering him and the good that he was, not judging him for how he died, because it just isn’t  anyone’s place to pass that judgment. “Don’t be like him” - I would love to be like him. Funny, witty, talented, insightful, gentle, kind… yes, he did not make it all the way to the end. But he made it as far as he could. Shouldn’t that be worth so much? We shouldn’t have to justify liking him after it happened. I don’t plan to. “Don’t be like him” should be changed to “People care about you, we know you’re depressed, but we are begging you to seek help instead of turning to suicide. We are inspired by how much you’ve done, who you are, and the fact that you’ve been fighting. We want to help you fight this battle, but it is your choice, in the end, if you do or do not.” And I sincerely hope that you do fight. I know I fight every day. I know lots of people who fight every day. These people are my hope and inspiration for something better. Deep down, I understand why a person would say, “I cannot.” But I still fight the part of myself that tells me this, and this is a noble thing. Robin Williams fought, and I don’t care that he lost. I care that he fought. He’s inspiration to me because he fought. He’s a hero to me because he fought. 

None of us actually knew the depths of his  situation, here in the public. No one knows what he was thinking. None of us can say why, but we are touched by it. It is tragic because we lost a human life, not because he did not fight for his life. He was a fighter. He was a survivor. He fought. 

(via polyamoryandgrahamcrackers)

Reposted bymolotovcupcakebilderkrammadgyver

September 05 2014

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