Robin Williams & The National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Robin Williams

A few, brief thoughts after yesterday’s tragic news:

We all live alone in our own heads, and we are the only ones who can decide what makes us happy or sad, joyful or mournful, elated or depressed. If Robin Williams’ death is, indeed, a suicide brought about by depression, please remember that just because someone makes others happy does not automatically mean they make themselves happy. There is tragedy in that, but that tragedy neither begins nor ends with their final act.

If there is an afterlife, I hope it is a place where he is given what he needs to find the peace he could not find here, but I think, should such a place exist, the demons we carry in this life must go with us into the next. I do not think suicide disconnects us from them, but I hope it allows us a greater perspective and context for, and assistance with, casting them aside. Whatever Mr. Williams needed, he didn’t find here, and I do sincerely hope there exists a place where he can.

If you are in a bad place and need someone to talk to, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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