WilmU professor: Depression is real, remove the stigma

By Amy Cherry/Allan Loudell 4:50pm, August 12, 2014
A comedic genius is lost in the suicide of Robin Williams.

"He was only 63, and so I think the thing that is the most tragic is that he had another good 15 to 20 years of filmwork left in him, that's truly a tragedy," said Adam Wahlberg, Wilmington University professor of acting and instructor at the Wilmington Drama League.

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Wahlberg tells WDEL he doesn't believe the failure of Williams' latest television show led to his death.

"I don't think that the failing of 'The Crazy Ones' was really too much on his mind. As an actor, you're always trying to look forward and finding the next project. One project failing simply means you move onto the next," said Wahlberg.

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Walhberg says addictions fueled Williams' depression and could've led to his suicide.

"In this country, we too often treat suicide with disdain, and we vilify the people who's taking their life, and when we do that, we're being completely ignorant to that person's struggle,

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He hopes Williams' death serves as a wake-up call across the country.

"So I'm really hoping that Williams suicide will open up a more constructive and proactive national dialogue about mental illness and depression," said Wahlberg.

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