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It's time to talk about the illness claiming brilliant human beings like Robin Williams.

Tragic. Devastating. Absolutely heartbreaking. There is nothing I can tell you that will do justice to the lifetime of light and laughter Robin Williams brought to so many of us. I can just share sadness with the world at such an unexpected loss and help shed some light on something many of us aren't comfortable talking about: depression. Depression is a serious medical illness. It's not a passing bad mood or temporary sadness. It can be debilitating, and it happens to so many people. If you're struggling with depression, please know there is no shame in reaching out for help in managing a legitimate illness.Below are two videos. The first is an eight-minute clip from an interview with Robin Williams in 2010. The subject he discussed was suicide. It seems that one tactic he relied on was trying to compartmentalize suicidal thoughts and put them in a category where they were unspeakable. Unfortunately, for many people that tactic will only work for so long.The second clip is the news about Robin's death, as well as a retrospective of his career and photographs of him.

It's time to talk about the illness claiming brilliant human beings like Robin Williams.
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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.