On our podcast ‘Tales That Tethr’, tethr Founder & CEO Matt Zerker interviews entrepreneurs, experts, thought leaders, and regular people about what is means to be a man, the challenges that modern men face, and how to overcome challenges and live life in a more connected and authentic way.
tethr's Addison Brasil shares with Los Angeles Magazine how Zak Willams, son of Robin Willams, helped him to cope with his own father's suicide through advocacy and community
"When you lose a parent to suicide you always wonder if you’re going to die the same way. I imagine it’s like losing a parent to Alzheimer’s; no matter how hard you try, in the back of your mind you wonder if you’re genetically destined to head down that same slow path. My hardest days with depression and grief give me that very feeling...."
The loss of my father and the complicated grief that accompanied it, almost led to my own suicide on a rainy summer day years later. On that day, I promised a power greater than me that if I could get through that I would go back for the others. It was in doing that, I got the opportunity to connect with Zak. I didn’t have to ask Zak the questions that most people would want to know, instead, I learned something much greater. The safety and empathy I felt just by being in the presence of a peer was the greatest gift, and it’s the message I want to tell the world: safe spaces lead to safety. I didn’t have to do it alone, and no one else did either.