Parkland Teen’s Twitter Thread About Mental Illness Reminds Us All Why Kindness Matters

Cameron Kashy survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and, while still a teenager, became one of the faces at the forefront of the gun control movement in the United States. That’s kind of a lot to take on.

On Tuesday, Kasky posted a very personal Twitter thread about dealing with depression and anxiety.

He pointed out that it’s important to check in with your friends and care for them even when they’re not feeling their best.

Kasky also mentioned that he’d just started on antidepressant medication, which will hopefully help. Medication is a life-saver for so many people with mental illness.

The ending to his thread is hopeful, though, reading, “The sun will rise in the morning and the world will spin on.” (Definitely don’t read this New Yorker article about the United Nations latest climate change report, though.)


It’s hard enough to deal with the current political climate (and actual physical climate) without getting distressed, let alone when you are suffering from a mental illness. But getting help is crucial, and getting better is possible. It’s important that not only is Kasky taking care of himself, he’s making it okay to talk about this stuff.

If you or someone you know is struggling, always know that the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is there to help.

And remember to be good to each other.


Written by Dean

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.