Help is available even when all hope is gone
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 — Like most of you readers, I also found myself shocked and stunned by Robin Williams’ apparent suicide last week. My first thoughts were how could a rich, famous and talented person with absolutely everything the world has to offer easily within his grasp make that fateful decision to take his own life? But once the reality of it all sank a little deeper into my brain a few seconds later, I realized the situation can’t be quite that simple. Despite his great wealth, fame and public acclaim, in the end Williams was a human being just like the rest of us, subject to the same human frailties to which we all suffer from time to time. Unfortunately, in his case, the feelings beneath those frailties must have finally overwhelmed him.
I’d be willing to bet if we are really honest about this subject nearly all of us, if not every single one of us, has entertained the idea of ending our life by our own hand at one time or another. I know I have.