The news of the sad deaths of our childhood hero’s is something that we have all gone through as we grow up, but the passing of one of my all time favourite funny men Robin Williams has been a real shock and a real wake up call, not just for me, but for countless people I’ve seen on social media over the last few hours.

The overwhelming and common theme I’ve read is that apparently the legendary comedien tragically took his own life as the only way to deal with his demons.

I hope that out of the tragic loss of someone who brought endless joy to millions of people over decades of his life it will help people to see that depression can take hold of anyone, it can pull down your entire life and no matter how happy or funny or confident you appear to the world, inside and in private when you are with the closest people to you it just takes hold, there might seem like there is no reason for it, like you’ve “nothing to be depressed about” or you should “snap out of it”. The only way that you can deal with it is to share it, even then it’s tough, remember there are people out there to help you and your loved ones deal with it and recover.

There is a huge stigma around mental illness that needs to be addressed, not only to help the suffers but also their confidants, the only person they trust with the details of their “embarrassing” illness that many people percive as a weakness or attention seeking. I know from first hand experience of this that we as a society need to change the way we see mental illness.

Depression and anxiety seem to go hand in hand so why we allow people to feel anxious about speaking out and asking for a little bit of help is beyond me.

Someone confided in me about their own demons and is a tough thing to deal with, I hope anyone reading this that is going through a tough time will get some inspiration to get help knowing that IT DOES GET EASIER, it not your fault, you are never completely alone, so speak up and seek professional help too.

If you are not ready to tell people close to you the best person to speak to is either your GP or the samaritans on 08457 90 90 90

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” – Hunter ‘Patch’ Adams