The death of Robin Williams rocked us all on Monday night. He was a beloved actor, played some of our favorite characters ever in some of our favorite movies ever, and now he's dead. He's dead, not from natural causes, but from suicide. Williams had long battled the illnesses (that many of us refer to as "demons) addiction and depression, but because he was the funny man, the one that always made us smile and laugh, we assumed that all would be well. Until it wasn't.
I'm not here to preach, I'm not here to surmise or pretend that I know what Mr. Williams was going through in his final moments. I'm here to say that mental illness is something that needs to be addressed in our country. A country where those suffering from mental illnesses are cast off as being "weird", "unstable", "crazy", or "different". We all do it, even if we don't mean to. Mental illness can affect anyone. Even our heroes.