I could not agree with you more! I spent 25 years working for a fire department and have responded to many suicides. Substance abuse is a major factor in the vast majority of suicides. I don't know if there are studies to confirm it, but in my experience marijuana and alcohol are by far the most common substances which are found on scene.
If you tell an alcoholic that alcohol is ruining their life... they will generally agree with you. Marijuana users on the other hand will defend its use until their dying breath. The media makes marijuana out to be harmless and something that makes people happy. From my experience I strongly believe that there is a strong connection between marijuana use, mental illness and suicide.
I am not buying into this “self-medicating” BS. People simply have too much spare time on their hands and instead of pursuing productive endeavors or healthy activities they waste their time smoking pot and getting drunk. Then they rely on the rest of us to take care of them.
This is not a recipe for high self esteem... They deserve to feel bad about wasting their God given time on earth. Then there judgment impaired delusional drug abused brains don't give them the resistance to keep them from acting on their crazy impulses.
I would speculate that Robin Williams like so many of the suicides that I have been to... probably had no intention of killing himself when he woke up to another beautiful sunny California day. I would speculate that toxicology reports would most likely confirm that he spent the entire day smoking pot behind closed doors in his bedroom. At some point he started feeling worthless for wasting his time instead of taking care of his many responsibilities and obligations. It probably didn't help that he had so many others helping to take care of his every need. At some point he had the impulse to suffocate himself as the character playing his son did in the movie World's Greatest Dad.
Life is a fragile thing and very easy to end if one gets a crazy impulse that their drug dazed mind can't resist. So yes he was one of my favorite comedians also, however all of this hand wringing and making him out to be a victim of depression kind of makes me sick. He did it to himself from start to finish and now has left it to others to clean up the mess. God gave him his precious life... Robin Williams threw it away.