Don’t worry readers. I’m not depressed. I saw a picture on facebook that raises awareness about anxiety and panic attacks which kind of resonated with me. Past experiences I suppose.
It’s only two or so weeks since our favourite funny man, Robin Williams, passed away. I loved pretty much everything this guy touched. Dead Poets Society was an important movie to me, and other people. Good Morning Vietnam and Popeye and Jack and Mrs. Doubtfire and Toys and Peter Pan and Aladdin, the list goes on. But I think it was whenever this man opened his mouth, he could cheer me up. He worked very hard to put a smile on a person’s face, and from what I read, he did a lot of work at a cancer hospital for kids. A genius. And it’s so, so sad to hear that he took his own life. A hero. I still find it hard to accept that he’s passed on.
One of the things that I think upset a lot of people was the way it was reported in the press. Headlines such as Hanged. Reporters, especially those from Fox News, have called him selfish, leaving his family in such a way. It’s a very strange thought to me. Everyone goes through depression at some point in their lives, affecting us to varying degrees. The depression I experienced made me lose sense of the people closest to me. A personal hell. Acute stress and paranoia that made me feel the world wanted to literally destroy me, friends became enemies and enemies were grinning even more. When I explained this to doctors, they explained that what I had was quite mild. This is why I find the some of the reporting on depression, especially in Williams’s case so insensitive, almost merciless. Does it make anymore money to write such horrendous headlines? No one knows what Williams felt. No one will understand his personal hell, and the pressure he put himself to perform. He’d been suffering from some time. The world lost a great heart. He’ll be missed.
I do think the media have a responsibility to report mental health issues with more care though. But often with Fox News, the Sun et al, it´s power without responsibility. They should know better.