- Nov 19, 2012
21st July 1951 to 11th August 2014
I grew up watching his films - he never failed to make me laugh, he was incredibly talented and inspirational. I was so sad to read the news of his death (allegedly suicide), but not entirely surprised...signs of depression were more than apparent, it's just a pity nobody was able to prevent this happening.
I have read this morning, a post by British comedian Jason Manford (so some of this post wouldn't be relevant to the girls/ladies here), but really wanted it to serve as a reminder to everyone who has/is suffering with depression, and those who might know someone who is/does...
If you feel alone and down, anxious and low. If you feel deep sadness but can't find a root cause. If people tell you to 'snap out of it' or 'things can only get better' or 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger', know that it's simply not always true. Sometimes it does kill you.
Please seek help. No one will think you're being melodramatic, I swear. No one will think you're silly or wasting people's time. No one will say 'what? But you're always so happy, maybe you're just having a bad day'. For some people, every day is a bad day and they get through it, but sometimes they stop getting through it.
If depression can (allegedly) kill Robin Williams, one of the world's greatest funny men, well it can get any of us at any time. If the Genie from Aladdin can suffer and the DJ in Good Morning Vietnam can be affected by it, then so can you, or your child or friend or work colleague.
I always remind myself of the quote from Watchmen:
"Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says 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 tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says, "But doctor... I am Pagliacci."
Please. Ask for help. If you have no one or if you don't want to to tell them yet, then ring Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 for someone to talk to, or talk to your GP.
The world needs you even if you don't think it does. I promise, we need you here, now.