lost in drawers
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Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.

When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.

The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…

But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.

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Tom Clempsom (via mollyfamous)

FINALLY PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT DEPRESSION REALLY IS.

(via workin9to5)

THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER READ

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I have not yet commented on Robin Williams death, but this is very important.

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wnyc:

Time Is A Flat Circus takes Rustin Cohle quotations from True Detective and applies them to Family Circus cartoons.  It’s the best thing the internet has given us this week.
—Sean, Studio 360
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"At the end of the day, the king and pawn go back to the same box."
Omar, The Wire (via observando)
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semi-rad:

“I felt lucky to still be making a young man’s memories, standing in the middle of this paradise of granite in the middle of nowhere with a friend, tilting at windmills, outside in the good air, playing, doing something simple. I closed my eyes for a second, inhaled deep, and smiled a little.” Page 58, The New American Road Trip Mixtape #roadtripmixtapequotes

I just started this book. While reading over lunch today, I came across this passage and made a note about it— I really liked it.
The book is here, if you’re interested.
Pick it up if you’re into being outside and/or listening to good stories. I’ve been reading this guy’s work through semi-rad, in climbing mag, and adventure journal for a while now. Following his writing and listening to the dirtbag diaries (where I found out about semi-rad) are probably the biggest reasons I started climbing and they keep me connected to adventures outside even when I’m stuck behind a desk. These relatable, “everyman” stories are the ones that really inspire me.
So far, The New American Road Trip Mixtape feels like a good story told by an old friend, even though I’ve never met the guy. But, I bet that’s what he’s shooting for with the book.
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humansofnewyork:

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?""Yep.""Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message.""What’s that?""I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."
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Zombie Dust and Space Station Middle Finger (at Three Floyds Brewery & Pub)