It was overtalked about at the time so I withheld for a little bit. But the Robin Williams death did affect me as well. I have many fond memories of family nights with me, my mother and my brother crashing on the couch for dinner and a Robin Williams movie. Actually, the night before his death, we were just watching The Birdcage (one of my favorites). Robin Williams was a great, funny man; one of the few actors I truly respect.
Though his death is hard, at least some good comes out of it. We're promoting mental health and depression. Depression is a disease. You can die from it like you can die from cancer. Some overcome depression, others sink into deeper despair. Robin Williams sadly perished to his illness. But we can still help to make sure others don't. Support others who are going through hard times, don't make jokes about depression, no judging, let's get rid of the stigma.
I stumbled upon a fairly new game called Depression Quest. It is an online game that you can play for free or pay whatever amount you want. Any money you pay will be donated to a charity that helps patients who need money for depression treatment and tries to get rid of the stigma attached to depression. The game is a 'choose your own adventure' style where you try to live your daily life while under depression, getting worse and worse.
Had to say, this game hit pretty close to home. It really does give a good look into the perspective of someone who is depressed. Very detailed and has a lot of accuracy. If you're not depressed, you should play the game at least once so you can have a better understanding of what someone's going through. If you are depressed, you can play anyways. There are many helpful tips, guidelines and programs that can assist you in your time of need.www.depressionquest.com/