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I was sad to learn of the passing of Robin Williams earlier this week. The comedian and star of such films as Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting took his own life. He had been battling with depression and it has been more recently reported that he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

His passing will give renewed impetus to the debates about the accessibility of mental health care, and also possibly about the stigma and even shame that surround people who suffer. Words from Williams’ wife were very poignant. She said “It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

If you’re reading this and something touches you, a feeling of truth or identification, I hope you find the strength to share how you’re feeling. I know it’s easier said than done, but I also know it’s one of the most freeing things I ever did.

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