Robin Williams is beloved by millions world-wide.
Depression affects 1 in 10 Americans (according to Healthline.com). Over 80% of those with depressive symptoms are not receiving any specific treatment for their depression. The number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20% per year. An estimated 121 million people worldwide currently suffer from some form of depression.
According to Suicide.org, global suicide rates have increased 60% in the past 45 years, and on average one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world. Over 1 million people die by suicide worldwide each year.
The stigma that surrounds depression keeps many thousands if not millions of people from seeking treatment. These issues demand public awarness on a massive scale.
As Robin Williams' initial skyrocket to fame came from his character "Mork" that later landed him the #3 TV show in America on ABC, it seems only natural that ABC would be the perfect network to help make this possible.
Funds could be raised for, and split between 3 or 4 of the leading non-profit organizations doing depression and suicide awareness and prevention work.
Let's turn something awful into something that could launch a trend that changes the way people think about these critically important issues, saves countless lives and ends so much needless suffering.
The National Coalition to Honor Robin Williams, Create Awareness around Depression and to Prevent Suicide