- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Categories: Blog, Feature
“When someone like the film actor Robin Williams dies at the age of 63 it makes us all uncomfortably aware of our own mortality. The part he played in The Dead Poets Society in 1989 brought him to our attention as a great optimistic force who could relate to the hopes, frustrations and idealism of the young.
“His death reminds us that many of the people who have inspired us have themselves experienced emotional bruising that has eventually overwhelmed them.
“Emotional and mental illness are realities in our lives. We find physical illness easier to come to terms with. Thank goodness for organisations like MIND that do such valuable work with and for those who know what severe depression actually is.
“It is right that we should celebrate the life and work of Robin Williams. I hope that it also makes us more understanding that for many people life has its lows as well as its highs.
“If you are struggling with dark moods, don’t just suffer – seek help, ask your GP about support services.”
• The Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90.
• For information about mental health helplines: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/mental-health-helplines.aspx
For more information about Joyce Watson’s work contact her office on 02920 898972 / www.joycewatson.co.uk