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    Posted August 13, 2014 by
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    Robin Williams story


    Mine is different but I'm going to share a post that I made on FB that really expressed what Robin's passing brought out with suicide and depression. Many of us like him battle it daily and can never talk about it.  This is what I wrote. W/link to see that other like me who don't ever feel like it can be talked about.  https://m.facebook.com/groups/172635736113237?ref=bookmark#!/story.php?story_fbid=10101211702006534&id=27300950&ref=bookmark The death of  ‪#‎ RobinWilliams‬  by suicide hit me hard this morning. Not b/c I was a huge fan but b/c his battle with depression is something I've watched over the years due to mine as well. A lot of people always assume that depression is something that happens when you're sad or grieving which it does play it's role. Another side of it is that a lot of people like myself battle depression every day. It's not that we're sad or grieving but it's just a dominant feeling that we can't shake. I don't talk about it much b/c in all aspects my life is a blessed and i'm very fortunate and lucky. When talking about depression it's often mistaken as a "pity party" or "looking for attention" and that's not what the case is most of the time. Admittedly some do use this selfish tactic for attention and it's frustrating b/c I've lost my best friend and my grandfather to suicide. I myself am a failed attempt (many years ago) and to this day I still battle it and at times it's been very bad. Robin Williams I viewed as someone who was fighting this battle and more often than not on the better side of it. To see him finally give up and let depression take over honestly scares me at how powerful it is and a reminder to never underestimate it. I vowed many years ago to not let it control my life or behavior and I spend a majority of the time on the better side of it. I'll admit I've had setbacks. I've had substances abuses and close calls over the years but I still maintain my strength to fight it will always win. I have some amazing friends and family who have always been there when it was really needed and for that THANK YOU. Sometimes you don't even know you're helping and that's the point. To those of you who might know someone with this problem. Just be a friend. We often don't ask for help b/c we're dealing with it in our best way but in some cases when we have, just be a friend. Sometimes we just need your added strength to ours to get through a tough moment. RIP Robin you were a funny funny fucking man. (sorry at my rambling) Thank you  Jason Swinford 

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