But as I find myself joining the myriad others on social media in mourning Robin William's death, what I cannot understand is why there isn’t a similar collective public call to urgently address suicide.
The evidence-base for psychological treatments is strong, but just like pharmaceuticals, they are not effective for everyone, whether in clinical trials or in practice. We need to find out why.
We can all contribute to research in many ways - using our personal experience to shape research priorities.
So it is unsurprising that, when suffering from a suspected illness, a person’s first worry might concern access – access to information, diagnosis, care and treatment.