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Robin Williams' Son Zak Is Honoring His Father With New Mental Health Organization

It's hard to believe it's almost been six years since the death of beloved actor and comedian, Robin Williams.

Zak, who is the oldest of Robin's three children told People how he and his siblings, sister Zelda and brother Cody will honor their dad next month on Father's Day in addition to bringing more awareness to mental health issues.

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"Time flies," Zak told the publication, reflecting on the six Father's Days he and his siblings have had pass without their dad.

"I talked to my siblings to share stories and thoughts and photos that we like and appreciate."

Zak explained that the three siblings are social distancing in their respective homes, "It will be nice to be able to speak with my brother and sister around remembering dad."

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"It's certainly an opportunity to be introspective as we'll be together, apart."

He continued: "The key thing for us during this upcoming Father's Day is just to take some quiet time to reflect as a family around all the things that we're grateful for around him and who he was."


Robin Williams died by suicide in August 2014.

Zak has already found a way to reflect on his father's life and legacy in his own way by becoming an advocate for mental health after the comedian's death.

Zak is on the Advisory Board for Inseparable, "an organization supporting policy" for mental health programs, he explained.

He continued: "The coronavirus pandemic has brought light to a parallel pandemic that's happening."

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"We are experiencing from it as a direct result of the pandemic... a shared trauma that's becoming quite acute as a result of everything that people have been through both in terms of the devastating economic effects, the isolation and a lot of circumstances from communities."

"Instead of becoming more isolated, finding resentment, getting angry about it, we need to actually find solutions and opportunities to band together to find the resources and apply them to actual meaningful change on a system's level. That's what I think is so important at this time."

What a wonderful way to celebrate his father's memory. Way to go, Zak!

h/t: People.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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