Behind The Face of a Great Talent

RIP Robin Williams. My condolences to his family. Alongside the late Richard Pryor, he was one of the funniest and gifted comedians I  grew up with and a very talented actor. A sad and reflective week. A significant one because it makes me think about people I’ve known and the amount of time we give to others to find out what’s going on in their lives. Too often we’re in our shells, oblivious to others. Most of us focus on our lives trying our best to exist or, worst still, focus on impressing the wrong people, particularly in the virtual world of Facebook etc instead of creating a real life with real relationships. I think William’s passing illustrates the fact that success and material wealth cannot itself guarantee happiness or replace that constant need for sincere selfless human support and communication. Suicide is a permanent solution for what may be temporary or avoidable situations as he alluded to in one of his films. There are thousands like him in dire need of support without his fame, popularity or fortune. Perhaps his passing will be the catalyst for making society further aware of the severity of depression, the stigma of mental health issues in general and need for us all to be vigilant with those we know. Statistically, around one in three people suffer mental health and depression.  Look after yourselves.. and each other!

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