In 2006, Diane Sawyer had a conversation with Robin Williams about addiction and depression. The quote below, taken from that interview, was telling of his long-term emotional struggle. We can only assume he put up the best fight he could. And while he ultimately lost his battle, he did his best to encourage strength in others along the way.
If you struggle with addiction, depression, or other mental illness, please don't give up! There are people who will stand by you in that fight — family, friends, and even people you don't know. Like all of us at Upworthy, many of whom have faced and learned to manage depression and who live to spread compassion and empathy.
And if you're ever in emotional distress — anytime, day or night — a voice of support is only a dial away at (800) 273-8255. For other helpful resources, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.