Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.

When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask ‘How did they die?’, you never hear anyone say ‘pulmonary embolism’, the answer is always ‘cancer’. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied ‘depression’.

The word ‘suicide’ gives many people the impression that ‘it was his own decision,’ or ‘he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.’ And, because depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…

But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just ‘cheer up’ with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of depression, they die from depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from ‘suicide’ each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps depression might lose some its ‘it was his own fault’ stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from depression. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.

— Tom Clempsom  (via jolinxo)

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mypocketshurt90:

necessary-sass:

curlybrownboy:

belindapendragon:

kobetyrant:

HOW IS THIS NOT EVERYWHERE?

Reblogging this good news…again.

y’all know EXACTLY why this isn’t everywhere. don’t pretend to be oblivious

Well let’s spread the word then guys. This kid deserves all the attention.

I accept this tween as my benevolent overlord

And does “11 year old black boy” have a name? Is this supposed to be opposed to an 11 year old white boy which would clearly *not* be surprising?? 

Yes, spread this, because it does combat racist ideologies for people who are racist to know that the people they perceive as “less than” actually aren’t, but you shouldn’t have to describe his color. If you don’t notice it, good. If you do notice it, you don’t need it pointed out. The most important thing is that he’s just an 11 year old boy, and he doesn’t need to be labeled in a backhandedly racist way. His name is Ramarni Wilfred. Well done Ramarni.

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When people catch you making out with bae

y0uwontknow:

WANT!
kelseytvs:

Screw the tabloids. Happy anniversary, Ellen and Portia!
kelseytvs:

Screw the tabloids. Happy anniversary, Ellen and Portia!
kelseytvs:

Screw the tabloids. Happy anniversary, Ellen and Portia!
kelseytvs:

Screw the tabloids. Happy anniversary, Ellen and Portia!
kelseytvs:

Screw the tabloids. Happy anniversary, Ellen and Portia!
kelseytvs:

Screw the tabloids. Happy anniversary, Ellen and Portia!

kelseytvs:

Screw the tabloids. Happy anniversary, Ellen and Portia!

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satanicdemona:

officialjeffgoldblum:

satanicdemona:

satanicdemona:

darnhomosexuals:

why the fuck does kimberly get less coffee
get rid of jeffrey and keep his mug

This is the perfect visual metaphor for heterosexuality.

I really can’t get over what a good metaphor this is.

they could’ve just made them square but that’d probably be too gay 

but then how would the dude be in the lady’s space, expropriating her value? D:

Jeffrey’s mug is bigger because Kimberly is the one making the coffee (clearly) and she needs space to put the poison in.

satanicdemona:

officialjeffgoldblum:

satanicdemona:

satanicdemona:

darnhomosexuals:

why the fuck does kimberly get less coffee

get rid of jeffrey and keep his mug

This is the perfect visual metaphor for heterosexuality.

I really can’t get over what a good metaphor this is.

they could’ve just made them square but that’d probably be too gay 

but then how would the dude be in the lady’s space, expropriating her value? D:

Jeffrey’s mug is bigger because Kimberly is the one making the coffee (clearly) and she needs space to put the poison in.

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thor-oughly-amused:

nietzscheisdead:

i love practical jokes that inconvenience overworked underpaid wage laborers, why doesnt everyone be an ass to get notes on tumblr 

I am one of those overworked, underpaid wage laborers, but if I came across this in the mystery section at my store, I’d probably just sit on the floor and laugh for a good twenty minutes before they sent ‘the crazy one’ home.

Tbh I’ve been one of those overworked/underpaid but this would have made my day. It would have been something to actually do rather than just walk around looking like I’m doing something in a shop that has been polished and repolished ten times over to avoid getting yelled at by my boss. Plus, it’s funny.

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