When times are darkest, it's hard to believe that the light will return. From what I have read, it seems that Robin Williams reached a point where he no longer believed the light would come. It happens daily, but to see it in one so famously full of energy and life hits hard.
For anyone reading who feels trapped in the darkness of depression, please speak to someone, anyone: a doctor, psychologist, counsellor, family member or trusted friend. Know that it doesn't need to be like that this and the pain does recede. There is help available. People do
If you know someone you suspect is struggling with depression, but don't know what to do, consider calling them just to ask how they are. Invite them out for a walk, a coffee, a talk, a movie. Let them know
In Australia there are organisations like BeyondBlue
for information and resources. For direct support there are organisations like LifeLine
for support amongst others. I know that other countries have equivalents.
To Robin Williams—a comedic genius, actor of enormous range and startling originality, a father, a husband, a friend to many and an inspiration to millions—I say, rest in peace. We wish you had stayed a little longer to experience the return of the love you shared with the world.