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Tommy: Depression can be as crippling as any other disease

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
February 20, 2020 - 11:20 am

Some days are easier than others. Some days are just plain hard. Today was a hard day. A woman was accidentally killed while attempting to have fun at the Krewe of Nyx parade. Chris Roberts, a Shaw graduate and long- time elected official, died of what his family said was a suicide.

It was Shakespeare who said “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”

There is feeling among the general populace that all politicians are thieves. That being said, few want to run for public office and even fewer are public servants. Chris Roberts was a public servant who, as an elected official, took on the job that few wanted but many criticized. Most of his life was devoted to public service, and I think that good should be recognized.

Chris Roberts had, without doubt, substantial legal issues with the federal government. I think it should be noted however that at NO POINT was there any indication that he was in trouble for stealing taxpayer money. His financial/legal problems involved his businesses and domestic issues. So please don’t think that he ripped off Jefferson Parish because he didn’t.

Chris suffered for a long time from depression. I do as well. For quite some time I was ashamed to admit it. I thought it stemmed from weakness or was a product of feeling sorry for myself. Then I learned that’s not it at all.

Chronic depression can be as crippling as arthritis or any other disease. It’s not a weakness; it’s a sickness. It’s not as easy as digging yourself out of a hole. The hole can become so deep that you can’t dig yourself out of it. If you feel that way, it’s time to see a doctor and get help. I did. Chris did, too; but it unfortunately wasn’t enough. My prayers have already been offered and will continue to be for Chris, his kids and his family.

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