Note to Self: When you feel f&*ed up: Stop. Breathe. Talk to someone. Tell them stuff. Stop being an asshole and thinking you’re going to get through it alone. Problems are like broken pipes: they need a person to fix them. Oh, and clean your room, you filthy animal.
Kevin Breel burst into the public's awareness when at 19 his TED talk became a worldwide phenomenon. Through the lens of his own near suicide, he shared his profoundly vulnerable story of being young, male and depressed in a culture that has no place for that. BOY MEETS DEPRESSION is a book that explores what it means to struggle and tells an honest, heartfelt story about how a meaningful life isn't found in perfection, it's found in our ability to heal and accept the dark parts of ourselves.
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About the Author
KEVIN BREEL is a 21-year-old writer, stand-up comic, and activist for mental health. His work has been featured by NBC, CBS Sunday Morning, Sirius XM, Everyday Health with Sanjay Gupta, The Huffington Post, MTV, CNN, The Today Show, Mashable and The Wall Street Journal. His passionate TEDx talk entitled "Confessions of a Depressed Comic" went instantly viral online- amassing more than 3,500,000 viewers and being featured on more than 200+ media outlets. Mashable called it "one of the moments that brought the world together" and the Huffington Post said the talk was "simply amazing." As a comedian, he’s performed in venues all across the globe; including House of Blues, Rogers Arena and the historic Colosseum. As a mental health activist, he's the National Spokesperson for the Bell LET'S TALK Campaign and has been a guest speaker at more than 100 college campuses. Currently, Kevin is on a year long tour which stretches into more than 6 countries. For more info: http://www.kevinbreel.com.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kevin Breel is a comedian, but his book isn’t funny. It’s not supposed to be. “Boy Meets Depression” (published by Harmony Books) is Breel’s captivating personal story of his onset of depression as a boy, and the havoc it raged in his life until he could get a grip on it. As a therapist, I appreciated the experiences he shared with blunt honesty. Anyone who has suffered from depression will relate to Breel’s story in various ways. And for everyone else who have neither personally experienced depression nor served those who are depressed, this is an insightful look into a life as it’s sucked into a dark, downward spiral that eventually would leave Breel thinking suicide was a happy idea. In addition to being identified as a comedian, Breel is described as a writer and activist for mental health. He’s definitely a writer, and a gifted one at that. His small, hardback book is very well written, as if done with the polished skill of a wordsmith. There are no credits for a ghost writer, so if this book is all the product of Breel’s own writing efforts, this 21-year-old should definitely make the time to continue writing. About his writing, unlike nearly all other books I review, this is not a Christian genre book. Breel uses foul language and secular ideas throughout, so be forewarned before wading into his story. But it is a story I encourage you to read. It will provide you with real, unabashed insights into one man’s struggle with depression, and I found in the process of telling his story that Breel shares some insightful nuggets about life worth pondering. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”