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I honestly didn’t mean to come back so suddenly, but the news from earlier today just hit home very hard and I felt the need to say something to y’all.

Robin Williams Passes Away
Robin Williams passes away today at the relatively young age of 63. The earliest reports so far seem to confirm that it was a suicide by asphyxiation. He had been battling severe depression for quite some time now, and it seems that it ultimately did him in. Robin Williams was one of the first actors who’s career I began to follow as a kid, owing largely to his involvement in Disney’s Aladdin as the Genie.

I remember a story Stephen Spielberg told about when he was filming Schindler’s List. While over in Germany, Robin Williams would call Stephen up every night to tell him a joke because the story of Schindler’s List was so depressing and difficult to film Stephen needed the pick-me-ups.

It’s incredibly sad that Robin ultimately took his own life like this. Depression is, unfortunately, a chemical imbalance in the brain and requires constant treatment and help. The brain, like any other organ in your body, can get sick too, but because it’s not readily visible people often go without treatment for a long time.

Goodbye Robin Williams. You were a talented actor and an amazing comedian. You will be sorely missed.

My Own Battle with Depression
If you remember about 2 years back I took a 6 month hiatus. I mentioned at the time that my health was declining and that I was losing weight at a rapid and unhealthy rate. At the time I was dealing with some very severe mental health issues, which included depression.

Dealing with depression is so frustrating. Sometimes just getting out of bed is an accomplishment. And the stigma associated with it due to people not understanding it’s effects can be even more frustrating. “Just be happy” “Just get up and stop moping!” “You’ve got nothing to be depressed about!” As if it were just that easy...

I, however, was lucky in that I was able to seek out medial help. I eventually got better through medication and therapy. And while occasionally I will have a relapse every now and then, I know that I am ultimately much healthier and happier than I was during that time. I look back on where I was 2 years ago and it’s amazing how different things are now.

Thank You
And one of the things that helped me out were all of the thank you’s from fans. Anonymous people who sent me really sweet messages over the years saying how they were battling depression and that my comics (be it SYAC or brentalfloss or whatever) helped cheer them up and get them through their day. Like I said, sometimes just making it through the day is an amazing accomplishment, and it warms my heart to know that in some small way I was apart of that for some people.

So to any of my fans who either have depression or know someone who does, thank you so much for making it through one more day. Thank you for being here. Thank you for being the awesome and amazingly strong person you are. Depression and other mental health problems are not easy to fight, and they can often make you feel like you’re going it alone. But you are not. You can fight it. And we appreciate the fact that you do and are here with us now. So thank you once again.

If there’s one good thing to come out of Robin Williams’s death, it’s the spreading of awareness of depression and information on how to get help or treatment. Please, please PLEASE, if you have depression or you know someone who does, do whatever you can to seek help. There are a lot of non-profit groups who can assist you if you need help. Speak up to your parents, or your doctor, or your friends. Depression can make it feel like it’s you against the rest of the world, but it really does not have to be that way.
  • Mood: Gloomy
  • Listening to: Friend Like Me
  • Watching: Jumanji
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well said! I hate that you have gone through depression. Most artists I know have the same problem,in different degrees myself included. I think most artists are very sensitive, and things get to them more than others, and like comedians are very good at masking it, which puts one in a sticky situation. Prayers for all those who are in that place. We all need prayers!
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Not to be mean or rude but fuck you.
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greenchucka Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Artist
It's true, suicide is a choice, but remember that when you are dealing with depression your brain does not function normally. You have no idea what a depressed person's thinking process is. To them, suicide may seem like the only way out of all their suffering. To see Robin Williams take his own life is an extremely sad thing because he could have had the help had he just sought it. Take it from me; I have been dealing with depression for a long while and it takes over your whole life to a point where you feel like no one else understands you because they all seem so happy. I wish we could get rid of the stigma surrounding depression and the idea that if you have it, you are a failure.

Anyway, go troll somewhere else.
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KMsandwich Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Goodbye robbin... QnQ
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iRexosaur Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I was with my grandparents when it was announced on the news. They were surprised since he seemed so happy and my dad, uncle and I (the three of us suffer from depression) had to explain how depression works.

Your comics brighten my day, seeing you fight for basic humans rights brightens my day, having someone who shares the same "crazy" opinions as me ("Frozen isn't the greatest thing ever") makes my day better. Knowing a decent human being like you exists makes my day better. Sorry if it seems creepy.
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DeathSkull78 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I need him back!
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Garasu-Risuto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why, Robin, why? Artimist - Puppy Eyes / teary eyes 
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CreatureCre8tr Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Writer
Your words are beautiful and have touched my Immortal Soul. Thank YouMiuna Crying Icon SpongeBob (Cries) Jake crying plz Pikachu crying plz Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon 1 Remember Captain Robin 
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