The 26-year-old daughter of the late Robin Williams has been outspoken about mental health

By Maria Mercedes Lara
September 05, 2015 06:50 PM
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A little over one year after Robin Williams’ tragic suicide, the late actor’s daughter Zelda Williams has shared a touching message about sadness and grief, asking those who are suffering from depression to “hold on to the possibility of hope.”

“I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful,” the 26-year-old began her post, which included a shot of the sun above a lake. “We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I’m so incredibly grateful for every silly second.

“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,” Williams continued. “I live my sadness every day, but I don’t resent it anymore. 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.”

Williams added, “And for those suffering from depression, 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. Because I promise you, there’s enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.”

This isn’t the first time that Williams has spoken out about mental illness after her father’s death. Back in October, she tweeted about trying to “end the stigma” around mental illness and urging her social media followers to look into mental health charities.

Robin, who died on Aug. 11, 2014, battled severe depression throughout his life.

After his death, Williams remembered the laughter and happiness that her father brought to millions. “Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence, ” she wrote on her Tumblr one day after his death. “We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”