The death of 63-year-old actor Robin Williams is being felt by artists suffering from mental illness here in Winnipeg.
Upbeat Artworks, an Artbeat Studio project that allows artists suffering from mental illness the chance to showcase their work in a boutique, held its grand opening Tuesday morning.
Nigel Bart is running the project and also suffers from mental illness.
"He was a brilliant artist," said Bart. "You’ll find a lot of brilliant artists that have mental health issues and, unfortunately sometimes, depression, drug addiction can lead to really sad things.”
Bart said mental illness can be a silent killer.