So with the sad news that Robin Williams committed suicide, inevitably I am hearing the age old debate that suicide is selfish and a cowards way out rear it's ugly head once more, in the tabloids, on the news and just generally people I talk to.
Why is depression in this day and age still considered not a big deal? This is an illness, a disease even and should not be taken lightly. Yet the all too common opinion and reaction to suicide is that of anger and almost disdain for the person in question.
Is it because it is not a visible condition? Because so many people who do suffer with it keep it quiet and don't tell anyone?
Just a quick google of the term depression comes back with terms such as - severe, typically prolonged, feelings of despondency and dejection, despair, desolation, pessimism and many many more. Could anyone who has NEVER suffered from this ill fated illness EVER imagine feeling like this day in day out?
To simply state they should get a grip and think about their loved ones, and stop being selfish and being a coward, is to show a distinct lack of understanding of something that can/has/will kill a person.
Instead of persecuting these people we should be educating people about depression, telling them that it's okay to seek help and that it's not weak to get professional help.
We like to think we live in a civilised country and world, but the truth is at times we are far from that.
I saw this very thought provoking comment from someone on Facebook about Robin Williams which basically stated actually how incredibly unselfish Robin Williams must have been to dedicate his life to making other people happy and laugh despite not being able to make himself happy. THAT is probably the case for a lot of people who suffer from depression.
I think it's high time that we stop accepting stupid "opinions" and start educating people. Yes we live in a country where people are free to express themselves, but surely there has to be a line? We need to think how our comments, views and thoughts are effecting other people.
Thanks for reading.