I have been a bit out of the loop lately in the blog world, but news tonight of the passing of Robin Williams has struck me hard. The last time I dropped a tear for the loss of someone in the entertainment industry was for Lucille Ball. Not that others who have passed had a place in my life have not mattered, but this one caught me off guard. Really because I never would have figured Robin to be depressed, especially to the extent to take his own life. If I knew he was going to be on a talk show or host a show or anything, I would make sure I tuned in or at least caught it on YouTube. From Mork and Mindy and since, he has amazed me with his humor and his talent as an actor. Scrolling through Facebook tonight, I think a lot of people are a little surprised.
I have pretty much been out of the loop myself as I am somewhat battling my own demons, which one of them probably could be classified as depression. This is a serious disease and some folks just can't handle it. Mental health has become a large part of our society these days and yes, people need help. Fortunately, I have family and friends to lean on, but when it comes down to it...you just never know what will kick you over the edge. I work with the Fan Free Clinic here in Richmond and a majority of our services have changed over to the mental health side of things. This is a serious problem in our culture these days. No matter what your background or status level in society, we all have issues and they have to be addressed. We are pressured from all sides of life from family, work, friends and society in general to be something. And, sad to say, sometimes that pressure pushes some people over the edge, as it may have done with Robin Williams. If you or someone you love is on that edge, please seek help. Sometime sitting down with someone you don't know and talking it all out can make the biggest difference in the world, and likely save your life.
Again, my condolences to the family of Robin Williams. He was a great entertainer and did a lot for humanity from raising money with Comic Relief to making the world laugh and cry with his great performances. RIP.