I feel extremely vulnerable and exposed sharing this so please be kind in your comments.
The news about Robin Williams hits a little too close to home for me as the survivor of a suicide attempt. Mine came because of medication (birth control, that's why I hate the stuff) that I was on, but it can come because of many things: genetics, internal imbalances, medications, environmental factors, things that happened in someone's childhood, and many others.
It saddens me that there is such a stigma attached to mental illness that makes those of us that struggle scared of judgement or condemnation and therefore never seek help.
Please keep these things in mind, you never know what someone has gone through or what they are currently going through. They may look like they have it all together on the outside, but you never know what's going on internally.
Your words and actions matter more than you know and sometimes the smallest act of kindness or simply checking up on someone can save their life. Let them know that you care and their life matters.
Everyone's life has purpose: black, white, big, small, gay, straight, doesn't matter, everyone is valuable.