Reaching out as much as possible to friends and family, without feeling humiliated or the stigma that is carried with the label ‘depression’ and the negative phrases that go with it, mental illness, mental disease. Krishnamurti was right “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
With every death of someone who is conspicuously talented like Robin Williams whose very brilliance is predicated in their state of mind we then have a period of soul searching about mental health.
It might be better to think of it as a disease because if we go back to the original meaning ‘ dis ease’ then that unease that people feel with their lives and society then the quote of Krishnamurti is validated.
The amount of pressure to succeed to be responsible and capable when in reality we all fail, are often irresponsible and incapable makes many feel uneasy with life for some they wear a face that works in public, they are funny, talented and crazy. When the mask slips someone like Robin Williams decides it is time to check out and we are shocked by the fact he wants to leave.
I would suggest that we take a long hard look at society and also how governments work and see that there are many areas that are profoundly sick and some of these things only occur to us when we step back and look from a detached place.
So from this place look at what music could do to create meaning in people’s lives when viewed as a creative self-development, in my experience I have taught a number of doctors who by their own admission have said that music has saved them from having ‘another nervous breakdown’