We Need to Do More Than Post About Robin Williams

August 15, 2014 5:39 PM

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We Need to Do More Than Post About Robin Williams

I attempted to take my own life during my senior year of high school. Two months after I got out of the psychiatric ward, a psychologist came into my classroom to talk to students about mental illness. He told us about a patient with severe mental illness who thought he was Winnie the Pooh and another patient he picked up at an airport who was waiting for a plane to Venus.

As he told these stories, every student in my class was laughing. I had endured months of rumors, lost friends because of my attempt and been ridiculed for having bipolar disorder. I couldn't handle more laughter. I pulled my teacher into the hallway and told him that I didn't think mental illness w...

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