There is no doubt that YouTube is a huge part of people’s lives. It’s one of the largest search engines in the world and hosts a thriving community of people who create thoughtful, entertaining content. For gaming as a whole, YouTube Let’s Players have been incredibly influential in recent years and can sway a game’s popularity.
Because was are so connected through social media networks, even peripherally, it can be hard when the community loses a voice. Daniel Kyre, member of the YouTube group “Cyndago” and longtime friend of Markiplier, died on September 18th, 2015 after a suicide attempt two days prior. Cyndago has posted a message about it on their Facebook, which I would strongly urge you to read.
I have been watching Cyndago on and off for a long time after I found out about them through Markiplier, and I would never have guessed that Daniel was struggling with depression. The stigma against depression and against speaking out about depression is still incredibly strong despite the advances that society has made. In honor of Daniel, we here at FemHype have compiled a list of resources for depression and suicide. This list is not exhaustive. If you have any resources that we missed, please comment with it.
Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Daniel and the Cyndago community. For anyone who is struggling with mental illness of any kind and for anyone who has thought of ending their life, remember one thing if nothing else:
You are not alone.
Please don’t feel like you have to suffer in silence.
A subreddit where you can find people to help talk you through whatever you might be feeling.
A forum where you can receive immediate support.
Email or phone in order to speak to someone for a crisis.
Call at any time of day in order to talk to someone.
The lovely people at the suicide watch subreddit collected this list of hotlines.
This map will allow you to search for resources in your area.
This is not for people who are in crisis, but if you just need someone to talk to.