I was truly shocked to hear of the untimely passing of Robin Williams this morning.
For so many of us, Robin’s life and work inspired true happiness and abundant laughter.
Through his films over many years, he has been a firm presence in the family home, making us laugh, inspiring a smile, and teaching us to value life....
My own family has been blessed by his infectious personality through his work in such films as The Bicentennial Man, Flubber, Aladdin, and Mrs Doubtfire.
As an actor, father, husband and human being he will be profoundly missed.
His passing is a powerful reminder that depression is often a hidden illness that lies behind a positive exterior. It is a reminder of the importance of reaching out and caring for the mental health of those we love.
If you are struggling with mental health or would just like somebody to talk to, I would encourage you to call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au.
The Government also has a list of mental health resources at http://australia.gov.au/topics/health-and-safety/mental-health.
May we give thanks for the life of Robin Williams by cherishing the words, jokes, and stories he gave to us all, delighting in his enduring films for many generations to come.
Rest in Peace.