alllissonn
If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, weโ€™d all say they were a โ€œfighterโ€ or an โ€œinspiration.โ€ But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone โ€œdonโ€™t be like him, please seek help.โ€ Thatโ€™s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. Thatโ€™s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didnโ€™t make it past 23 and Iโ€™d do anything to have 40 more years with them.

anonymous reader on The Dish

One of the more helpful and insightful things Iโ€™ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

(via mysweetetc)

alllissonn

itsonlyfi:

REPEAT AFTER ME:

  • mental illnesses ARE NOT a fashion trend
  • mental illnesses SHOULD NOT be romanticised
  • people SHOULD NOT LIE about having mental illnesses just to seem โ€œdeepโ€ or โ€œinterestingโ€ or โ€œedgy
  • mental illnesses SHOULD be taken seriously
  • IT IS A REAL PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND IS NOT โ€œQUIRKYโ€ IT IS AN ILLNESS THAT AFFECTS THE MIND AND HOW YOU FUNCTION ON A DAILY BASIS