I am in utter shock that Robin Williams has passed away! I grew up watching his films. Such a funny funny man yet beneath all those amazing characters he played and the voices he done and the comedy…. stood a very very sad individual who was so low and so unhappy that he committed suicide! I am genuinely heartbroken that a man who can bring so many people so much laughter and happiness was so badly suffering with depression he couldn’t go on.

What is also sad is that Depression is rarely spoken of and is very misunderstood. It takes for a high profile figure to end his life for people to start talking.  Why?

I suffer from depression and have done for very many years. For me unless you have been there, it can be a very difficult illness to understand. I have been through 3 breakdowns. I have felt like I have lost my mind on many occasions. I have not wanted to leave my house. I have not wanted to get out of my bed. I have cried  and sobbed for hours for no apparent reason. I have wanted to run away from everything. To be brutally honest, if it wasn’t for my children I’m not sure where I would be right now.

Sometimes I need people and I need to talk. Sometimes I need to know people are there but cannot face talking about things.

If you have a friend or family member suffering, let them know you are there if they need you. Sometimes that is enough. Let them offload their troubles. Don’t let them suffer alone. This illness doesn’t always end in tragic circumstances but people need to know that it can very often go this way. People need to be aware of Depression and have a little bit of knowledge of how it can affect someone. If you suffer and have kept quiet, please speak to someone. You do not have to go through this alone. If you don’t want to see/speak to a doctor then please talk to a friend or relative. It is so important.

If you don’t have anyone to talk to you have me! Comment here or email me on the address in the side bar. I understand what it is like and would hate to think of people going it alone.

Lets lose the stigma attached to Depression. It isn’t a taboo subject and should be spoken about! Depression Awareness needs to raised.

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*image source: nhs.co.uk