After Robin Williams took his own life in the summer of 2014 I felt compelled to share my own story around a particularly dark period in my life. I am reminded of a statement Harvey Fierstein offered, “Please, people, do not f— with depression. It’s merciless. All it wants is to get you in a room alone and kill you. Take care of yourself.” As I continue to receive notes from people who have read Love Hurts saying that they feel paralyzed by their strong emotions, people who believe they won't ever heal, I remain heartbroken alongside them and encourage them to take excellent care of themselves.
During that dark period in 2012 I had an eclectic group of friends and I found out this morning that one of them, who struggled with mental illness since she was 18, has passed. I want to re-share this article for anyone struggling with depression in the hopes that it will help you.