Friday, August 15, 2014

My thoughts on Robin Williams

 It seems that the biggest headline this week has been the death of our beloved Robin Williams.  Perhaps it is a shock because if you are my age, we grew up watching him on the big screen.  Shows like Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji were a huge influence on our childhood.  
A man SO great and SO influential had his own battles that clearly many of us didn't understand.  He was loved by so many, he influenced so many, and to most he appeared to "have it all".  Yet, behind closed doors... he was battling something beyond many of our comprehension. 

I have not had someone close to me take their own life.  But, I have seen many (and especially youth) who have battled their own kind of depression.   If I could do just one thing for others, it would probably be to tell them each individually so they truly understand... DO YOU REALIZE YOUR WORTH?  Do you realize that YOU can make a difference in this world.  Do you realize how important you are?  Because honestly, I don't think many of us do (including myself at times).  

And when you feel that you are not worth fighting this battle called life, PLEASE ASK FOR HELP.... PLEASE.  Not only for yourself, but for others who are in your life or who will come into your life that will need you.  
And, they will need you to tell your story.  So that it can help them.  

Again, I am just a normal average every day Mom.  I don't have the right answers on this subject.  I just know and I HOPE we can learn from this amazing man and his very public death.  And remember, no one is immune from pain and everyone can use a little help. 

For those who may find this of use, here are some suicide prevention resources:

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK
  • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-226-4433
  • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
  • National Crisis Line: 1-800-784-2433
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1- 866-488-7386
And for those of us that are lucky enough to not battle these emotions, I hope we can all be a little more aware of those around us.  And, to always realize the power we have to be an influence of others.  
 Sorry to be on a soap box today, I love you all and appreciate your support.... hope you have a fabulous weekend!


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