With the recent tragic loss of Robin Williams we felt the need to post this. It shows just how troubled the mind can be even when everything seems perfect on the outside. He is a great loss to the entertainment world and hopefully he will be remembered for his life rather than his death.
This well written post about the loss of Robin Williams was written by J one of our SOS members in response to this image 'Genie you're free'. Her insightful posts highlights how messages like this are dangerous and put emphasis on the normalising of suicide and legalise it as an option for people. Suicide should never be an option for anyone. Here is the image and J's message :
No Genie, You’re not Free.
There are several things that make me feel compelled to write this post, but this picture is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. "Genie you’re Free". This embodies the whole picture of where we are going wrong in society. To start, let me assure you, there is no Freedom in Suicide. Freedom is found in Life.
This is a topic that is very close to my heart for several reasons, but this post is not about me, it’s about us. It is not the suffering that is the problem, it is how we are dealing with it. How many more lives have to be lost in order for us to begin to appreciate life. Only when we loose a life to we feel reflection is important. Yes, going through mental health issues is tough, but it can be temporary. On a daily basis I see people on my news feed with their declaration of how humanity is failing us (while sharing very damaging images and videos). But what are we doing for humanity? As a society, we are becoming immune to suicide and there is something very scary about that.
If I was in the same mindset I was a few years ago and I saw people reflect on someone taking their own life with references such as "You’re Free", my decisions very well may have been different. What we are saying and sharing has a consequence, we need to take responsibility together.
Don’t get me wrong the news of a man taking his life today has shook me, like it has shook many others, but I am not surprised, I wait for the next headline. Because if we don’t change our attitude towards Suicide and Life, then nothing can change.