When I got home from work last night, I was stunned to read the news about Robin Williams, comedian and actor, dead at age 63 from an apparent suicide.He was the funniest actor I've ever seen in my entire life. The day after watching Mrs. Doubtfire for the first time, my abdomen was sore just from laughing so much the night before. He was that talented and that funny.His publicist said in a statement that he had been suffering from severe depression for the last few months.When I was reading the story last night, there were several people in the comments section referring to Mr. Williams' suicide as a selfish act. I personally think that's a terrible thing to say. Imagine the depths of despair someone must be going through in order to take their own life. I have lost family members to suicide, and believe me they were not selfish people.This is just another example of how the crippling stigma of mental illnesses is so pervasive and prevalent in our culture. This is also why so many people who suffer from depression are reluctant to seek help; because of the stigmatization that occurs as a result.Depression does not discriminate based on wealth, fame, race, class, religion, gender, or any other demographic variable.This is a time we should all lean on one another. We never know when someone is fighting a private battle. Here's hoping that they never have to fight it alone.