Last week, Ned Vizzini, author of novels such as It's Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill, died at age 32. He committed suicide. Many young adult authors paid tribute to him in the L.A. Times, including Margaret Stohl, Cecil Castalucci, and Rachel Cohn. Sadly, we have lost an author who, through his books, helped teens to feel less alone in their own thoughts of suicide and depression. It's Kind of a Funny story is even based on Vizzini's own time spent in a psychiatric hospital. His death is a reminder that depression is often an ongoing struggle in many people's lives, something you can never be fully sure won't return. Check out Vizzini's books for some examples of what depression can feel like, and please know that there are resources out there if you want to learn more, have questions, or need help.
Hopeline Suicide Hotline: 800-442-4673
Teen Line--Teens Helping Teens: Call 800-852-8336 or text “TEEN” to 839863. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Metro Crisis Line: 888-885-1222
The Trevor Project: The nation's only 24/7 suicide & crisis prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. Visit them online or call 866-488-7386.
Sometimes it's easier to talk about stuff like this when it's happening to fictional characters. Check out this book list: Teen Issues. Pick a book or two, read it, and talk about it with your friends, siblings, maybe even your parents or other adults. Keep reading, keep writing, keep talking.