In the Depths...

I know that today is traditionally Cosplay Wednesday, but as I am writing this something is heavy on my heart.

Undoubtedly most of you have heard of the passing of the amazing Robin Williams. His representative, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that he had lately been “battling severe depression” and added: “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014

It is highly speculated that Williams took his own life after battling a great depression as of late. Whether or not this account is the truth, it does open a doorway to speak about the major issues of depression and suicide. 

I find the statistics amazing and outraging

Depression statistics infographic

I have suffered from some form of depression in "waves" since childhood. The first time I seriously contemplated suicide I was in third grade. People often assume, when I make those statements, that I have had some traumatic terrible childhood. That is not the case in my situation. I had a great childhood, but I still felt hollow. I have been blessed with such amazing people in my life. I call them my "look-out team." People like my parents, my aunt, and my cousins have known me long enough to be able to recognize when I am in the depths of one of those waves. So many people suffer from depression in silence. The moment I feel like "I'm okay..." I know I should start to be on the lookout, another wave will be coming. It leaves you feeling completely helpless and hopeless even on the best of days. If you or someone you know is suffering, take a moment to watch this video. This gentleman describes what it feels like and the support system you can be in the simplest and most perfect of ways:

This story is not much different than the stories you will hear from other lifelong sufferers. I could go into far more detail, and maybe one day I will, but today I just wanted to touch on the surface and remind people that while depression is not as stigmatized as it once was, it still causes much suffering for many, especially those that can not receive proper mental health care. Mr. Williams was no different. While he could make any of us laugh, laughter was a fleeting dream for him. My heart aches for him, his family, and the world. The world is really at a loss. My hope is that one day depression and suicide will stop taking great things from this world.

If you are contemplating suicide please know that you are not alone. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

As always, stay exceptionally chic & exquisitely geek. 

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