As we're mourning the tragic death of beloved comedian, actor, and philanthropist Robin Williams, let us remember that for every star on Hollywood Boulevard affected by substance abuse and depression, there are millions in this country and around the world who suffer in relative obscurity.

If there is one positive development that hopefully may come out of this tragedy, it is the heightened awareness around depression, mental health and substance abuse issues plaguing the human condition.

Fortunately, for us in the United States, under the new healthcare law it has never been easier and more affordable to get treatment for substance abuse, mental health or depression.

If you or a loved one need help and want help, call your local hospital, health clinic, or 12-step program. They are all in the phone book and on the web. Get the help you need. There's no shame in asking for help.

Thank you, Robin, for your life, your work, your genius sense of humor, and your generosity.

God bless you and your loved ones, and rest in peace.