Stigma killed Robin Williams and many others: A Stigma Story. From a very good blogger.
“STIGMA, that is the reason people do not ask for help. STIGMA is the reason people do not go to the doctor and say I’m depressed, or I’m an addict, or I do not feel things like anyone else. Who wants to say that they feel all these intense emotions?
Especially when you know what the result is likely going to be. When you know likely what will happen is the doctor will likely give you medication. People will tell you to change, or to just feel better.
The issue is we have it backwards, the depressed and mentally ill don’t need to change, society and our culture needs to change.
We, as a society, we do this. This is why people with great talents still kill themselves. Much has been written about Robin Williams; however why do you think he was such a good actor?
I’ll tell you what I think, it is because he got to wear a mask and pretend he was somebody else. That is easy to do when you hate yourself.”