Robin Williams Enlightens Lawyers

Robin Williams Enlightens Lawyers

Robin Williams, as well all know, was a splendid soul.  He was a talented actor and a hilarious comedian. Aside from his career, he showed a gentle heart.

Susan Schneider, Williams’ wife said, “Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.”

But while he was making us cry tears of laughter, he was crying tears of pain. Although Williams’ life medically ended from asphyxiation, taking his final breath from his body, his life had long before been robbed by depression.

Schneider said, “He was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.”

It is heart wrenching to know that a man with the ability to find support and resources to battle his struggles (that many do not have the means or access to) felt the need to end his own suffering. This proves to the world that mental illness is uncontrollable and cannot be cured simply by money or support.

Lawyers and Depression

There is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful.” – Robin Williams.

Although it may seem unclear, Williams’ unfortunate and tragic passing actually has had a positive outcome: Increased awareness on mental illness, more specifically, depression.

Depression can develop from a number of variables including a complex interplay of genes, neurochemistry, emotional history, and personality. However, the main perpetrator is stress. Consequently, it’s no surprise that lawyers have twice the rate and attorneys four times the rate of depression than that of the general population.
A career in the legal industry has stress bound in its contract.

Lawyers can learn a great deal from Williams, but the most important detail is that money and support isn’t always enough to battle depression.

If you’re a lawyer and struggle with depression or mental illness, visit to learn more about it and find resources to help you cope with stress and/or mental illness.

If you’re a lawyer and you do not struggle with depression, visit anyway. Ensure you’re well educated on the subject. Just because your not struggling now does not mean you never will. Learn the signs of depression and how to help your peers if you suspect they may be struggling. Many people suffering depression do so in silence. And most importantly, understand its depths so you never judge someone battling depression or mental illness going forward.

Let Robin Williams’ legacy live on and his passing be a reminder to reach out your hand to those battling mental illness.

Natalie Waddell

Founder and President at Inc.
Natalie was spirited to start this company after a frustrating and poor personal experience when searching for a lawyer back in the late nineties. “I quickly realized that the tools available to assist someone in finding the right lawyer were grossly inadequate. Not only inadequate for the individual in need of a lawyer, but also inadequate for the lawyers in search of new clients. There had to be a better way to connect clients and lawyers in a more efficient manner – without wasting everybody’s time and effort”, explains Natalie.

Natalie brings a passion to the business that ensures the entire team strives to improve the service for both lawyers and the general public. To that end, she is committed to ongoing communication with our members and welcomes and relies on clients’ input to continually evolve the service to make it better for all.

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