In the wake of the Robin Williams’ death, there has been a huge outpouring of grief across the globe. Social media in particular have not been shy in sharing favourite quotes, movies and memories as their way of showing how much he meant to us. As horrific and sad as someone’s untimely passing is, it always fills me with genuine joy to see how much one person can touch the hearts and minds of others.
For me, he will always be Mork. I grew up loving that show and although movies like Dead Poet’s Society and What Dreams May Come are also huge favourites of mine it will always be Mork and Mindy that enters my head when I hear his name mentioned.
But this piece is not about my own personal feelings towards the man, rather, the illness of depression and the absolute ignorance that still surrounds mental health issues.
On Fox news yesterday, a guy called Shep Smith, made the comment live on air that Robin Williams was a coward. Watch it here and a British radio personality called Alan Brazil, called his suicide deplorable and that he felt no sympathy towards him whatsoever. Listen to it