The great actor Robin Williams killed himself by hanging in the summer of 2014. Today his eldest son Zachary returns to this terrible drama as part of an awareness campaign.

It will be five years this year that Robin Williams committed suicide. On August 11, 2014, the 63-year-old actor was found hanged with a belt, his wrist slashed, in a room in his California home. Suffering from depression and alcohol problems, the hero of Hook , Will Hunting or Mrs Doubtfire had taken his life without leaving a letter to his family .

To help those who have lost a loved one in the same way, today Robin’s eldest son, Zachary Williams, has agreed to take part in an awareness campaign . Initiated by photographer Mariangela Abeo after her brother’s suicide, this campaign entitled Faces of Fortitude consists of a series of portraits and interviews of people who have experienced the suicide of a loved one.

Mariangela was extremely touched by the testimony of Zac (whose resemblance to her father is blatant ), and she shared some excerpts on Instagram: ”  There is no education system that teaches you how to cope to that. How to mourn privately with your family, and how to deal with grief in the public eye  , “notes Zachary. ”  If it was a comfort to me to be listened to, I spent my time managing the surface, the appearances rather than my inner well-being. I had to mourn with the eyes of the whole world,  “he says.

”  But we can not be there for the others until we have done this work, as long as we did not accept his mourning in a personal way. It is very important to differentiate between public mourning and private grief . It’s something I would have liked to realize earlier …  “In speaking today, Zachary hopes to bring some help and understanding to those who are also experiencing the drama with which he had to learn to live.

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“There’s no education in place to tell you how to deal with this. To balance how to grieve privately with your family and then also to have to grieve publicly. While it was nice to be heard, I was spending time on the outer layer instead of on the inside. It wasn't just the survivor network for me, it was the whole world.” Zak is the son of beloved comedian Robin Williams- a suicide loss survivor, entrepreneur, investor, and mental health advocate. He serves on the board for Bring Change To Mind, an org whose mission is to end the stigma and discrimination around mental illness by creating campaigns, storytelling movements, and youth programs to encourage diverse and cultural conversation around mental health. I prepared for days before, even venting to a dear friend moments before Zak arrived. Would I make a fool of myself? Would I accidentally say ‘Oh Captain, My Captain’ and burst into tears? I was overwhelmed.Then my friend said something important -they said, “Be yourself, share your pain. His pain is the same.Remember who you are and why you’re there.” So that’s what I did. In front of me sat a man who lost a loved one to suicide. A man who understood the same level of devastation as I did, as so many of us do. I shared my story, of attempt and loss. Then I was honored that he shared with me his feelings of loss, devastation and growth. THAT is what I strive for: To create a safe space for ANYONE who’s been touched by suicide so they feel able to share. For 90 min, we were just 2 people who had lost someone, and found a common ground in our pain. After he left, I packed up, got in my car and started to drive.Then immediately I realized, OH YEAH, I’m not ok. I pulled over to the nearest park and I sobbed for 30 minutes. The tears were a culmination of what I’d accomplished in 18 months, they were hearing this man tell me my project was “extraordinary” and that he was happy to be part of it. That somehow, through the death of my sweet brother, I’ve been able to provide a safe space for Zak Williams and so many other people. It was a defining moment for me and for my project. I’m so fortunate to share words and photos from Zak’s session with you all week.

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