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You’ll be missed, Ned.

That book was probably the first thing I ever read about depression, long before I knew I had it. It meant a lot.
The truth is people die by suicide all the time, Ned’s just better-known than most of them. And while our cognitive biases make it so difficult for us to care about large numbers of people being miserable or dying as opposed to just one, we have to fight that and care anyway.
It’s not just Ned, it’s not just all the other famous people who have taken their own lives. For the most part, suicide is a preventable cause of death. But mental healthcare remains inaccessible to most people, research isn’t progressing nearly fast enough to truly explain what causes mental illnesses or how best to cure them, and many people still believe you can “snap out of it.”
But Ned Vizzini was a small part of changing that. I hope to be another. View high resolution

You’ll be missed, Ned.

That book was probably the first thing I ever read about depression, long before I knew I had it. It meant a lot.

The truth is people die by suicide all the time, Ned’s just better-known than most of them. And while our cognitive biases make it so difficult for us to care about large numbers of people being miserable or dying as opposed to just one, we have to fight that and care anyway.

It’s not just Ned, it’s not just all the other famous people who have taken their own lives. For the most part, suicide is a preventable cause of death. But mental healthcare remains inaccessible to most people, research isn’t progressing nearly fast enough to truly explain what causes mental illnesses or how best to cure them, and many people still believe you can “snap out of it.”

But Ned Vizzini was a small part of changing that. I hope to be another.

(Source: silenceofalivingroom, via the-sentimentalist)

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