Letter: It’s time to stop stigmatizing mental illness
It’s heartbreaking to know that people still think that money brings ultimate happiness.
In the case of Robin Williams, he too with money and fame, still succumbed to the debilitating disease known as depression. Mental Illness does not choose the occupational status or financial status of a human being. It does not matter if you’re an actor, the Pope or a homeless person. This DISEASE IS NOT A CHOICE.
This disease kills people every day and it affects millions of Americans alone. Even pets deal with depression. There is treatment out there if one is willing enough to fight this disease, just as I do. One should not feel shame or guilt for having mental illness. The best way to cope is to seek help, talk about it and openly accept that even though it may feel like a curse, you can find and receive help.
NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) can provide services or phone numbers to receive help. With Williams’ passing, may it bring Mental Illness to the dinner table, or office or school. Mental Illness is a serious condition to have. No more stigmas. The stigma of Mental Illness NEEDS TO END NOW.
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