In his depression talk, 19-year-old stand up comedian Kevin Breel confesses his own struggle.
If you were to look at Breel's life on the surface, he's the first to admit there's nothing veritably wrong; however, his inner life was often fraught with fear and turmoil. Breel explains, "I feared myself. I feared my truth, I feared my honesty, I feared my vulnerability, and that fear made me feel like I was forced into a corner, like I was forced into a corner and there was only one way out, and so I thought about that way every single day."
Every 30 seconds, someone in the world takes their own life due to depression. This statistic is worryingly high for a problem, a massive epidemic, that is rarely acknowledged and almost never discussed. Depression is one of the most well-documented disorders, yet the stigma surrounding it prevents us from talking about it as we do other medical dilemmas.
Breel notes, "We are so, so, so accepting of any body part breaking down other than our brains. And that's ignorance. That's pure ignorance, and that ignorance has created a world that doesn't understand depression, that doesn't understand mental health."