I was shocked and saddened to hear of his death, and was surprised to learn that he had suffered with depression and addiction. Maybe I had been living under a rock, but I wasn’t aware that these were issues in Williams’ life. I have experience of mental health problems, both personally, and from watching family members go through their own mental health difficulties, and as recently as June the book-blogging community came together to raise awareness by participating in Mental Health Awareness Month. I feel we learned more about each other during that time, and a lot of us were comfortable enough to share our personal stories and offer each other words of support. For me, Williams’ death highlighted that depression and mental illness do not discriminate – they can affect the successful, famous, unknown, rich and poor equally, and it is so sad that we have lost such a fantastic actor, whose abilities have made me laugh, cry and smile throughout my entire life.
In a kind-of tribute, I’ve compiled some montages and movie trailers that showcase my favourite Robin Williams movies and moments, of which there are many: