The sting of Robin Williams’ death strikes in a sore place in the cultural subconscious next to the memories of Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Mitch Hedberg.
All death is tragic. Suicide especially.
The death of Robin casts a particular shadow on those of my generation. Aladdin and Hook are the stories of our childhood. Patch Adams, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting taught us how to grow up.
Depression is tragic. When it affects someone like Robin, we are all hurt.
Depression is also normal, natural and must be responded to within the church.
We can’t eliminate depression or suicide. But we can, and we must, become a refuge for those who experience it.
Let’s admit we have a problem
Depression has been a lifelong companion for me. It makes up some of my earliest and strongest memories. It hovers on the horizon of my future. Continue Reading…