So unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll have seen the sad news that Robin Williams passed away yesterday, aged far too young, and sadly it seems he took his own life.
Even a cursory look at the news will tell you the above, and mention his publicist’s saying he had been struggling with depression.
There have been many tributes to him, as is only right. I thought Veronica Varlow’s was very beautiful but then I think that about so many of the things she writes.
Thus in place of the usual curated silliness, I’d like to present some links about depression. I call this links of hope because my hope is that they’ll be useful, whichever group you fall into.
If you’ve never experienced depression:
Ali Brosh explains what it’s like to have depression at Hyperbole and a Half (a famous post).
Know someone who is experiencing depression? Buzzfeed published this very helpful guide on things you shouldn’t say to someone with depression (with positive alternatives)
If you are experiencing depression, or think you might be:
There are many tests to help see whether you might have depression and help you access support (because it truly isn’t something you can deal with on your own). This is one of the New Zealand sites with a self-test.
If it’s not something you’ve experienced before, it can be confusing and obviously difficult. Here is Buzzfeed again with things nobody tells you about depression.
Most of all, if you’re experiencing depression, I have this to say to you. You’re not alone. Please, reach out to someone.
Here are a load of American helplines.
Here is the Samaritans website.
Wishing you all good mental health.