How very sad was it today for the entire world waking up to the devastating news of the death of Robin Williams. Dreadfully so. Not only was Williams well known for his acting expertise but he was also a comedian, a father, a husband, and perhaps most importantly a sufferer of depression!
Robin Williams, like many people the world over, suffered from the taboo illness Depression. Depression is an illness which many people live with in silence. Mental Health remains one of the least understood areas of contemporary medicine. It's hard to understand how an outwardly happy man like Robin Williams could be living with such a struggle. The actor was loved by people all over the world and yet he was very much alone. His death was no doubt the result of a daily battle with depression which he shared with millions of people.
Robins was a happy presence, had a vivacious personality, and yet he suffered with this debilitating mental illness. The illness which he fought with for so long and in the end 'it' won!
One of the most heart-warming tributes I read today must surely be the piece below from Jason Manford.