"If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’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. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them." -
anonymous reader on The Dish
One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.
Why “Genie, you’re free” is valid and important.
Suicide contagion is dangerous yes. And should be talked about yes. And it was thoughtless to leave this open to interpretation yes. But this perspective is not less important. I think I’d compare it more to euthanasia for a paraplegic than MS. But otherwise as a thing that shuts down stigma and celebrates a life this should not be excluded from education things.