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Williams and depression

Published: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

On the death of Robin Williams, President Barack Obama said this: “He was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien, but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”

I could not explain him better. The life of a man who’s brought so much joy to others would end on a sad note.

I hate depression. I saw it in my wife. I hear about it through others and, yes, there are days I feel it. With all the infighting we do, we need to fight the battles we need to be fighting.

Right now, we live in a society that has anger, division, ignorance and low esteem, adding depression and mental illness. They affect us all, famous or not.

Depression affects the brain as well as the human spirit. It’s an illness that leads some to give up. But medicine alone is not enough. We need a spirit of challenge that tells us not to give up, but to stand up saying, “Oh Captain, My Captain.” I will not give up on myself or others.

Our society is suffering because it’s not uplifting. Our spirits are dragging, and we must save them from depression. We must understand that depression is all our battle, and we must fight it together, building hope not division.

The world, as life itself, is tough enough. But we’re in this together. Robin indeed was one of a kind, but so are you; so is our loved ones.

God bless you.

Bob DeLacy Jr.


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