The library staff was saddened to hear of the death of comedian and actor Robin Williams. He lost his battle with depression this week, apparently committing suicide in his home. As others have said, it is almost inconceivable that someone who brought so much laughter and joy into the world could struggle with depression. My first memory of Robin Williams was watching a skit on the Carol Burnett show called “The Funeral.” Williams and Burnett did the skit twice, the first time, according to the script, the second time, Burnett gave Williams free reign to ad lib as he pleased. You can find it on YouTube.
Depression is major problem for many college students; college is the first time many adults experience depression. The National Institutes of Mental Health has an excellent resource about depression for college students here.