A few weeks after the one-year anniversary of famed comedian Robin Williams' death, his daughter Zelda took to Instagram to share very personal thoughts on depression and mental health.
"I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore," she wrote. "Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake."
'It's not easy. In fact, I'd say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is.'
She then addressed those who have depression, who may feel that there's no light at the end of the tunnel.
"I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be." she continued.
Williams lost her father last year after he committed suicide. He was depressed.
More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression, which is the most common mental illness in the U.S. There's a stigma against those with those kinds of "hidden diseases," but Williams' post acknowledged that they're real and valid — suicide is the tenth leading cause of death among Americans. Reaching out, not pretending like they're OK, can save lives.
Choosing to continue, instead of end, is so important.
"Because I promise you, there're enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there," she ended.