by Robert Kirwan
Not that this story has anything to do with Valley East, but many of our
members will surely remember the days of Mork and Mindy when Robin
Williams broke onto the scene. It is hard to understand that a person
who seemed to have it all would end it with suicide. I am sure we will
be hearing more about this in the days to come.
Val Lemieux Shocking news forsure OMG!!!! so sad
Scott Roper Another celebrity gone to soon....money and
fame is not everything. Thoughts are with all his family and colleagues.
Carole Paquette Burke Just goes to show you that what
some people are portraying on the outside is not always what they are
living on the inside. Always be kind to one another. RIP Robin Williams.
Betty Sampson Sad news.
Emily McIntosh What a great actor he was
Sylvie Lafontaine Boisvert My absolutely favorite actor!
Carol Stein Mathers Sorry to hear this....always
especially sad when it is suicide.
Shelley Hunt Pelland love him
Andy Taylor Depression lies.
Shelley Hunt Pelland hellllo vietnam
Betty Sampson Mrs. Doubtfire.
Colette Proulx He was a troubled soul. But masked it well
with his gift for making other people laugh. Mental health is a great
big gap in health care here and across the globe. -------Nano-Nano
Brenda Butterflymom Very Sad
Serge Sylvestre So much talent. Could put a smile on
Kim Sampson Bertrand when I first heard about this news
for a glimpse of a second I'd hoped it was only a hoax (as many
celebrity death hoaxes often fly around the internet) sadly this was not
the case.... RIP Robin Williams
Joanne Fraser McGrayne So sad to hear. He gave so much
joy & laughter to so many who connected with him through television.
Depression is such a sillent killer & destroys the lives of so many. Sad
but never forgotten as he will forever continue to bring so many some
happiness from all his great work. R.I.P. Robin Williams.
Micheline Jacques-Richer Sad & unfortunate ...the world
lost a brilliant man connecting people with every day life through
Shannon McNicol Robert Kirwan...can you please edit your
post. As a survivor of suicide (I lost my brother to suicide last year)
we do not use the word commit. Your statement should be he died from
This is one thing I try to correct with all the stigmas that go along
with suicide and mental health. It's a small thing but to the families
who are survivors it means a lot.
How can we break the stigma if we still choose to use such negative
words. Change your words and help end the stigma.
Lizanne Gregoire Sad news
Leo Bisson If a person is disturbed on the inside, all
the money you have will not help. R.I.P Robin Williams Got to love Mrs.
Lana Ranger R.I.P. Robin Williams, he had such great
talent and will be sadly missed. I'm so sorry for your loss Shannon
McNicol. I think the word "commit" originated from the law books. It is
an offence to commit the act of suicide, we probably were conditioned by
Elaine Kusan He didn't "choose"to take his life. His
illness was greater then him!! And Mark Landry..shame on you!!
Robert T. Kirwan Mark. I have deleted your comment. We do
not allow profanity on this site. All posts must be written to a
standard so that they could be used in a classroom setting in either
elementary or secondary school.
Shannon McNicol, thank you for teaching me to omit the word
'commit'....I had no idea. I'm so sorry for your loss!
Phil Bellefeuille I am grateful for your unique &
wonderful contributions to this journey we call life Robin Williams.
Kate Chalk I feel like I've lost a friend...an amazing
actor, an incredible man :-(
Lee-Ann Wotton My mom was bipolar and also committed
suicide. Yes there is a huge stigma about why would they do such a thing
it's so selfish. It's like someone who has lost an arm it's visual and
everybody can see, but mental illness is not like that you can't feel
better just like you grow another arm. Nobody can tell my mom wasn't
well it's an illness that people can hide well until they end up in the
hospital when I would notice her eyes were sad or she was mania. It was
a battle to get her in but it was also heartbreaking for a month seeing
her try to get back on her feet with the medication, which took
sometimes up too a few months. So when they go through this they see
that everybody is hurting and they hate seeing their loved ones suffer.
So they want us to be free of worry since every day we do. I feel very
guilty to feel a sense of freedom but she also has that now, that is
what I believe since she believed in heaven and she was an angel and my
best friend. Sweet as pie with not an enemy in the world. I miss her
everyday it's been 15 years.
Kate Chalk I can relate to your feelings Lee-Ann. My mom
suffered from major depression. She was also my best friend, as well as
an incredibly intelligent, strong, compassionate and giving woman. She
too hid her pain very well. She passed away at 60 from cancer which also
brought her a great deal of pain. As much as I miss her every single day
of my life since her passing, I am relieved that she no longer has to
Unfortunately, it is so very difficult for many to understand mental
illness. All the more reason for people not to pass judgment.