The Unforgettable Event of 2014
The Loss of a Cherished and Loved Comedian
Photo of Robin Williams by Dave Hogan
On August 11,2014, the world lost a man who could not fail to put a smile upon our faces. Mr. Robin Williams was found dead at the age of 63 in his bedroom by suicide due to aphyxiation. It was reported by CNN that he had been "struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died" in a statement by his widow, Susan Schneider. Though the country had its share of sadness, the family wanted people to remember him by all of the good times. She also said that "Robin spent so much of his life helping others," and that "Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the front lines, or comforting a sick child -- Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid." We all know that we can learn many amazing things from his life, but people can also learn a thing or two from his death as well.
The day before, society did not see mental illnesses such as depression as a legitimate thing. Many teens and young adults feel that this is a topic that should be addressed more as the topic has become more of a taboo to society and the media. Although it's a pretty substantial fact that these illnesses such as anxiety and depression have been present all throughout history, many people nowadays dismiss this as just being sad. "At present, the word “depressed” can be applied to both people who are a bit miserable and those with a genuine debilitating mood disorder. Ergo, it seems people are often very quick to dismiss depression as a minor, trivial concern." Now, it seems like more people are able to have a better understanding of this topic as it shows that something like depression is a real thing and that it can affect even the most happiest of people.
Burnett, Dean. "Robin Williams's Death: A Reminder That Suicide and Depression Are Not Selfish." The Guardian. 12 Aug. 2014. Web. 12 Jan. 2015.
Stucker, Matthew. "Robin Williams' Death Ruled Suicide - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, 11 Nov. 2014. Web. 12 Jan. 2015.