Comments Can Defend Your Point of View or Get You in HOT WATER

This is my personal tribute to Robin Williams my above Mental Health Humor cartoon. I recently had to defend my point of view in a comment about this cartoon. Here is what I said:

“The cartoon is homage to the man’s work – a man that could make me laugh when I was clinically depressed. I can say I felt his loss so deeply, I was moved to cry over his loss and how he was lost. I was due to draw a cartoon, but could not… I was losing my center…so, instead of letting his death be a TRIGGER – I turned it into acknowledgment of his work and he made me feel…I remember when I was a boy watching him as “Mork” on “Happy” Days and then on Mork and Mindy with my family and how good that felt! My unique family bond with that Tv show and nostalgia, gave me the courage and strength to pick up my pen and draw (I use drawing the cartoons as a form of “positive” Art Therapy).”

Yet, most public figures know that their comments can get them in hot water, if taken out of context. Or if they come right out and say something insensitive and get caught in our digital age with smartphones every where… If you are aCelebrity or in front of a large volume of people and say the wrong thing, the back lash can be quick.  Need examples? Think Mel Gibson, Paula Deen, Michael Richards and no one will ever forget Charlie Sheen. While Shepard Smith is just a newsman on Fox, and may not carry celebrity status, however, his comment was not impartial nor fair…it was rather judgmental of those of us living with mental disorders and symptomatic suicidal ideations.

This is what Shepard Smith found out when he said “I was just wondering aloud what could have made this man want to end it all. ” That’s when he called Robin Williams “Such A Coward” on air.  Freudian slip? See my video clip below.

You can see how much Robin Williams has effected us here at Psych Central with 15 Blog posts on the subject of Robin Williams since Monday. Visit my post Oh Captain My Captain – SHAZBAT – Robin Williams 1951 to 2014 and scroll to the bottom to see the list. I’m keep a running tally of Robin Williams posts.

There are many who want something Positive to come from his death…Please don’t take that out of context; keep reading…Positive in the way of opening conversations on suicide and prevention about depression and mental illness.  Others just look at this as a senseless act of a selfish person who was  ‘such a coward’.

I want to ask how you feel – I know I am using Shepard Smith’s senseless words as a sounding board.  It should be clear that he did   “release a statement apologizing for his comments with clarification.”  Nevertheless, he did open the door to a very important conversation that should be had about suicide.  Which led me to make a poll below. I hope you will contribute an answer. Thanks.

Fox News

Shepard Smith Called Robin Williams “Such A Coward” Over Suicide

The following text is question and the answers for the above poll.

On the Day it happened, Fox News host Shepard Smith called Robin Williams ‘such a coward’ over his alleged suicide.  How Does that make you feel?

It’s not about being a coward, it’s about the PAIN and Suffering of bipolar/deep depression.

It’s not about being a coward, it’s about the emotional PAIN without help.

It’s not about being a coward or  being “selfish” that is a purely empty, ignorant viewpoint.

Robin Williams  is a coward for not getting a clinical diagnosis and seeking professional help.

Robin Williams  is a coward – leaving his kids and loved ones over a little thing like depression.

If you never suffered from depression, you will never understand…It’s NEVER about being a coward.

Depression is insidious and the disturbing Robin Williams death is making mental health problems/stigma evidently clear how widely misunderstood it really is.

Please: those suffering from depression need help, suicide is not a coward’s move. IF YOU’RE SICK and you just don’t have the coping skills set to properly deal with your emotions… The answer is education on prevention to teach the skills sets and to help others learn the signs for which to look.  It takes a village!

Often survivors of suicide are ultimately paying the long term effects and many end up dealing with depression later in life due to a family or friend suicide…making them at risk for suicide and being a coward.

Often survivors of suicide are ultimately paying the long term effects and many end up dealing with depression later in life due to a family or friend suicide…making them at risk for suicide that is why intervention/ prevention and education is NEEDED NOW!

Suicide due to succumbing to depression is not “a cowardly” act – it is the illness taking your life, just like cancer or diabetes.  It’s a deadly side-effect of extreme emotional and psychological distress.

Robin Williams  is a coward.

Shepard Smith is a coward.

Shepard Smith Clarifies and Apologizes for Robin Williams ‘Coward’ Remark

Mediaite spoke to Smith on the phone, and he apologized for using the word “coward” and tried to clarify what he meant:

(UPDATE 4:00pm : In a statement to Mediaite, Smith released a statement apologizing for his comments with clarification.

“I was sorry to read online the people who see the world in a black-and-white way, and to suggest that they might have a definitive analysis of why he did such a thing. What I wanted to do is celebrate his life and find some meaning in our own lives, since we often do know someone who is reaching out, and we have a responsibility to help that person — maybe a phone call or a door knock is in order.
But no matter how you process it: Look at what this family is going through. I would never presume to know anything about his private life. And if any of his family members and friends were to have seen me use the word “coward,” I would be horrified. I would just to apologize to the end of the earth to anyone who might think that I meant to openly call him a coward. To the core of my being, I regret it. It just came out of my mouth. And I’m so sorry. And to anyone and their families who see that, I am sorry.”)