With Father’s Day just around the corner we thought it might be nice to highlight one son’s desire to fight for an issue that effects so many people as well as honor his father and his legacy.
Zak Williams, the son of the legendary Robin Williams, is honoring his father by creating a new mental health organization, called Inseparable.
You may recall, the beloved actor passed in 2014 after suffering from Lewy Body Dementia, a type of brain disease that affects one’s thinking, memory, and movement control, his son made it a point to help those in similar situations and became an advocate for mental health.
FYI, Lewy Body Dementia is the second-most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.
The mental health awareness organization is said to help all Americans by ensuring access to mental health care, especially now during COVID-19.
I joined the @IAmInseparable advisory board because I believe we need pragmatic mental health policy that unlocks care for ALL Americans.
— Zak Williams (@zakwilliams) May 19, 2020
Zak did admit that he suffers from depression as well as other mental health issues, but has fought to stay away from drugs and alcohol while attending support groups to continue with his healthy lifestyle. Williams also noted how important it was to receive support from his family during this time. He stated, “eating well, committing to a healthy lifestyle. Things that I need in my weekly and daily regimen to better support my wellbeing.”
Williams opened about being an advisory board member for Inseparable, stating, “The coronavirus pandemic has brought light to a parallel pandemic that’s happening. We are experiencing it as a direct result of the pandemic… a shared trauma that’s becoming quite acute as a result of everything that people have been through both in terms of the devastating economic effects, the isolation, and a lot of circumstances from communities.”
As an advocate he said, instead of becoming isolated, finding resentment, and getting angry about it, we as humans need to find solutions and opportunities to band together and find the resources to change on a system’s level.
He’s doing great work, no doubt the “Patch Adams” actor would be proud.