Also, ☝the concept of suicide being “selfish” or “cowardly” irks me.I’ve been seeing a handful of posts including notable sources, specifically in reference to Robin Williams’ death, stating that he was “selfish” and his depression and his decision to act on such through suicide “wasn’t a disease, but rather a choice.” Such logic upsets me for I believe that suicide, depression, and any other mental health relevant is NOT a result of a character flaw, or character of a person in general, but IS a result of a physiological shift. As a result, I feel like statements such as ” he or she was selfish” insensitively give off a negative connotation regarding the character of the person. In doing as such, we may fail to consider the circumstances beyond their control physically that allowed for such thoughts and actions to exist.
Thinking of Michael Brown AND Robin Williams. Both deaths are heart-wrenching. Both deaths are saddening. Further, BOTH deaths should be allowed a space simultaneously for discussion and action to follow, as a result of the conditions of both.
However, over the last 24 hours, I’ve been reading a slew of posts and statuses about both Michael and Robin that focus on which person deserves MORE attention. For me, both situations deserve equal attention for they BOTH are rooted in social and mental conditions that have been shown to negatively impact individuals and communities. Both conditions are killers of the spirit, joy and future, for police brutality is killing Black men and depression is the cause of death for many men and women. Neither should be dismissed as less relevant. However, the fact that many people feel otherwise is extremely frustrating.
Now, while the timing of both events makes for a lot to process and/or you may feel disconnected from either situation, even as such, I think it’s important for us to allow space for both discussions to occur LOVINGLY. Whether or not BOTH conditions actually get substantial national and political addressing is a whole notha’ story, BUT that doesn’t negate the idea that they both should be concerning or discussed.