Robin Williams passed away yesterday at 63. He was a great comedian, actor, and philanthropist. Check out this piece Mike Rowe wrote about Williams on his Facebook page.
Today it was confirmed that Williams took his own life, as he had struggled with depression for some time.
What was the root of his depression? Williams previously struggled with substance abuse and financial problems. He normally didn’t like to film sequels, such as Mrs. Doubtfire 2, but his financial problems left him no choice. A source told RadarOnline:
There was also frustration that Robin expressed at having to take television and movie roles he didn’t want to take, but had to for the paycheck.
Lost enough. Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money,’ but they changed it to alimony. It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.
Suicide among divorced men is significantly higher than the average rate for men. MailOnline reports that the suicide rate among divorced men is 39% higher than average. And that’s on top of the fact that suicide among men is already 3 times that of women in the United States.
Further, an average divorce costs a man over $50,000, with some divorced men on Reddit giving anecdotes of paying $250,000 or more over a period of 10 years, between legal fees, alimony payments, and child support. Most men don’t want to get divorces, either, as 68% of divorces are initiated by women. And who gets the kids? Mom does, at a stunning rate of 68% to 88%.
Divorced men who commit suicide aren’t weak. They are victims of a society which uses no-fault divorce and family courts to rob fathers and ex-husbands of their dignity, finances, and freedom. Williams is one more victim in a long line of men abused by the very families and governments to which they previously gave decades of financial support.
As one Redditor writes, “It cost me $20 to get married and will cost me over $220,000 to get divorced.”