Friday, February 26, 2010

Andrew Koenig And Depression

How sad is this:

Family and friends found the body of...missing actor (Andrew Koenig) in a Vancouver, British Columbia, park Thursday afternoon. At a press conference afterward, his father, Walter Koenig, said: "My son took his own life."
And his father puts it so well:
"The only thing I want to say is if you're one of those people who feel that you can't handle it anymore, if you can learn anything from this it's that there are people out there who really care," Walter Koenig said. "You may not think so, and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people that really, really care. "Before you make that final decision, check it out again; talk to somebody..."
Depression sucks.

Get help.


Anonymous said...

I've experienced depression first-hand and got help. However, I do think those who feel that life is too painful should be allowed to end it on their own terms and that the rest of us should respect it, even if it hurts.

Cycle Ninja said...

@HawkMom, I agree with you to a certain degree. Specifically, in the case of incurable physical illness. If you have a finite time to live, or if you live with chronic pain, then you should have that opportunity (there was a moving piece about that on "Frontline" on PBS this past week). And I, like you, have experienced depression that was every bit as anguished as any physical ailment. But I still find it tragic, no matter how badly this young man must have been hurting nor how bad he felt like he couldn't go on.