Robin Williams -- A Comic Genius Who Named Everything, Except His Own Depression

August 13, 2014 7:15 PM

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Robin Williams -- A Comic Genius Who Named Everything, Except His Own Depression

Robin Williams once joked that death is "nature's way to let you know that your table is ready." It's not funny now that the comedian overrode nature by grabbing the table without waiting for the maître d'. But if his suicide has any silver lining, it's that depression and mental illness are now being talked about more openly.

In far-flung India, China and Vietnam, where mental illness, especially depression, is a taboo subject, it is now on the front pages of newspapers and TV programs reporting on Williams' suicide.

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