Zelda Williams Wants to "End the Stigma" of Mental Illness For Father Robin Williams

Zelda Williams spoke out in support of those struggling with mental illness like her late father Robin Williams. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In the wake of her father Robin Williams' tragic suicide, Zelda Williams is speaking out and advocating for those struggling with mental illness. 

"Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. Mental illness is often misunderstood & misrepresented, but that's starting to change," she tweeted on Friday, Oct. 10. "Let's end the stigma. Mental health IS as important as physical health, & whether there are visible signs or not, the suffering is real. It can affect EVERYONE." 

The 23-year-old is tired of the public remaining uneducated on the topics of depression and mental illness. 

"So please, let's help stop the misconceptions & support those who need our help," she continued. "Healing the whole starts with healing minds. No matter what the misinformed say, you can't simply CHOOSE to make mental illness go away. It is NOT cowardly to suffer or seek help." 

To end her discussion, Williams opened up about her father's own journey. 

"Lastly, my dad openly fought depression his whole life, both in general and his own," she concluded. "No matter what anyone says, it is a FIGHT. Fight on."

Robin Williams died on Aug. 11 at age 63 after committing suicide. He struggled with depression and substance abuse problems for years prior to his death. He is survived by his wife Susan Schneider and sons Zachary and Cody.