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Quicksand Depression

Pamela Brill | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Pamela Brill

Depression is complicated. As a non-expert, I can only say what I know from my own experience. Depression can also be much more subtle. It can be tricky. Because you could look awfully normal and functional and funny and smiley even. But you are still, at your core, experiencing life differently than the non-affected person.

Yeah, It's "Too Soon" With Robin Williams

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

We feel pain when a celebrity dies, not because of their celebrity, but because we feel like we know them through their work. It's like a friend has died, or multiple friends. In the case of Robin Williams, some of our very best friends.

A Tale of Two Suicides and a Story of One

David Toussaint | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Toussaint

None of my own experiences combined with what I know of my father's life make me think any less of a person who chooses suicide. In this week of unhappy reflection, I've found myself repeating that phrase a lot. Who are any of us to understand what pain another is going through, or to what depths?

Shining a Light on Our Dark Secret

Janet M. Neal | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Janet M. Neal

On my 11 hour drive home from vacation yesterday, I listened to about three hours of analysis, commentary, and dialogue on the horrors currently occur...

A Better Way to Remember Robin Williams

Melody Moezzi | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
Melody Moezzi

Instead of turning to entertainment journalists analyzing a publicist's statement about the actor "battling severe depression" to confirm some sick curiosity, we ought to look where Mr. Williams wanted us to look, where he left so many astounding gifts and treasures, where he lived and where he still lives -- in his art.

Suicide Is Personal, Robin Williams and My Best Friend's Anniversary

Andrea Callanan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Callanan

The recent tragedy of the wonderful Robin Williams has brought to light depression and anxiety in the most severe way and of course for those of us who have experienced losing someone to suicide it's a sharp reminder at how invisible mental illness really is.

How I Spoke to My 8-Year-Old About Suicide and Depression

Sara Goldstein | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

It wasn't a discussion I expected to have with a kid young enough to require interrupting a Disney channel show to do it. But as parents we aren't always afforded the luxury of shining a light on what a bitch the world can be when it's convenient for us.

It Is Time for an Awakening!

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Janine Francolini

When a beloved person with the public affection of millions and every resource in the world loses the fight, we must not be paralyzed by our grief and emotion.

The Power of Willingness

Dean Opperman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Opperman

A year ago, confined to bed and at the mercy of the black dog of depression, I again "prayed for the willingness" to take action, whatever that was revealed to be.

The Seasons of Depression

Crystal Ponti | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Crystal Ponti

An old cherry tree sits just outside my bedroom window. For several seasons I've watched it blossom to life -- ripening with evergreen and fruit. I've...

Suicide Hurts: Love Heals

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

No matter what you're going through in life, whether that's a difficult day or a difficult year, when you love yourself completely, you find your center, and when you find your center, you realize you are not alone but connected to all there is in the universe. And all there is -- is love. When you know this, you will never give up on life.

Finding Danny: A Sister's Search for Answers to Mental Illness

Katie Zorn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Katie Zorn

Going through boxes of family pictures during the days after Danny's passing felt almost like a form of communication with him from the beyond. One picture that kept popping up was of Danny in his cap and gown at his high school graduation. Danny looked so proud. Finding that picture was like a sign he wanted me to remember him that way.

The Cancer of Solitude

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Solitude, when it is forced and receiving of too little comprehension, can be cancerous We need a conversation about suicidal depression, and the more ordinary states of feeling overwhelmed by hopelessness or alienation. And we can only do that by listening much more carefully to those who are feeling it.

Finding the Face of Depression in a Mirror

Craig Tomashoff | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Craig Tomashoff

Then came the Robin Williams news, and a profound sadness as I pictured him in his final moments, believing that the darkness of the world was too much to bear. He gave me hours of happiness for so many years. The least I could do to repay him is to not let his tragic death be in vain.

Robin Williams' Sorrow and Terror

Marc Erlbaum | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Marc Erlbaum

Life gives us constant opportunities to give up, to abandon ourselves to the conclusion that the great drama in which we are all actors is ultimately more tragedy than comedy.

Robin Williams: Genie in the Lamp

Alex Kip | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Kip

As an actor, suicide seems all too rampant in this profession and it scares me a lot. It scares me because I know that so many actors are putting on masks, becoming other people, yet never truly knowing themselves. I've been guilty of it too

Tears of the Clown

Melanie Young | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

What's important is that we all learn to use our senses to be more sensitive to those people in our lives who may need help but don't have the capacity to ask for it. Look for signs such as changes in behavior. Listen to what he or she is saying.

Robin Williams' Throbbing (and Reciprocated) Love of Python

Martin Lewis | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

Just as the Beatles (especially John) found a kindred spirit in singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson -- so did the Python members find a joyous soulmate in Robin Williams. It was love at first laugh. And it was a fully-consummated mutual admiration.

'Doubtfire Face' Aims To Raise Awareness For Suicide Prevention

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Since the tragic news of Robin Williams’ suicide broke, fans have shown an outpouring of support by sharing their favorite memories, films, quotes a...

The Limits of Love

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

Love, we're told, heals all wounds. Love makes the world go round. Love is the holy balm, the essence of life itself. And I would say yes to all of these statements... yes, but. Yes, but there are limits to love. I believe in love. And I also believe in luck.

We Are at War, America

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

I wrote this several months ago. Seems quite fitting to post it now in light of the passing of Robin Williams: We are at war America. We are fighting...

The Face Of Depression

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

Only those who have a personal experience with depression can understand the scope of pain from this form of mental illness. It is a debilitating disease that robs a person of the simplest joys in life. It carves a hole too deep to fill in the hearts of those who wrestle with the inner demons of this acute, medical condition.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Talk to Kids About Robin Williams (Or Any Suicide)

Dr. G | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Dr. G

Many parents feel that Robin Williams has been a part of our lives since childhood, and were excited to watch some of his movies with our kids. Today I've had half a dozen questions submitted to my website and Facebook page from parents wondering if -- and how -- to talk to their kids about this. I have questions in return.

Robin Williams: We All Know Someone Hurting Like He Was

Judy Silk | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Judy Silk

If you haven't walked in my shoes, please don't revert to the mentality that says just a little elbow grease or mind over matter will solve all our problems.

How I Overcame Acute Anxiety and Crippling Depression

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria X. Liu

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to really know what your body and mind are trying to tell you. We're all here for our own individual purpose, and if you don't listen to it and only treat these signs as symptoms of a disease that you treat purely through external remedies, you'll have lost yourself in the process.