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If you are depressed or feeling suicidal please please please please please reach out to ANYONE. I never get to see Brody Stevens again I can’t stand this. #RIPBrodyStevens #818ForLife

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Please reach out to anyone.
And please everyone, check in on your friends. Please. Please. @BrodyismeFriend RIP
I just reached out last weekend. I hated every single humiliating and scary and embarrassing moment, but now that there’s a tiny pin of light at the end of my tunnel I’m glad I did. I’m so sorry for your loss
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Ditto, Patton. Rest In Peace, Brody Stevens.
I can't even. Our neighbor, and friend of 25 years. We MUST pay attention to those around us. FUCK.
So can I reach out HERE to help with depression? I always see these posts that say "reach out to ANYONE" but I don't feel they're sincere. I once saw a doc with Brody and remember relating to just how he felt...and honestly I'd be surprised if I got a single response to this.
I’m so sad that @BrodyStevens818 is gone! Brody did the warm-up for all 20 episodes of my TVGuide Channel stand up show in 2012. He was the best! (& So funny— he should have hosted!) There is so much we don’t know about the suffering of mental illnesses. God bless Brody!
If you think a friend is depressed, struggling, or suicidal reach out to them. Check on your friends. Especially your ‘strong’ friends. The truth is when you are that depressed reaching out for help is damn near impossible. You don’t even want to. Reach out first. It will help.
The worst part about depression and suicidal thoughts. It makes it so much harder to reach out to people. RIP Brody.
No! If you know a depressed person, YOU reach out! Check on them. Make them and deliver food. Call. Text. Leave sweet things outside their door. You are asking too much when you ask us to reach out. We only want the pain to stop. REACH IN!
What?!? No.

Shitfuck. Damnit. Fuck.

Please reach out to ANYONE if you’re feeling depressed or suicidal.
I hope you don't mind if I put this as a reply to your tweet but as someone who attempted suicide I hope this will be of some comfort to anyone who is in a dark place: jonathanbarkan.com/a-personal-res…
Fuck he was so funny. This is awful.
Also, please check in on your (not you specifically, Patton) depressed friends often. Take them out for coffee or a movie or a walk in the park. It's not a cure, but it shows you care, and that means a lot.
What a perfectly original beautiful human. Heartbreaking.
I once sat in the dining area at the @HollywoodImprov prior to a show and I watched Brody taking a photo of the marquee with his name on it. He seemed so happy. What a shame.
You also need to tell people to listen when those around them do, in fact, reach out. Too often, in my own life when I reached out, I was confronted with the "suck it up" mentality that almost drove me over the edge. I'm sorry for your loss, Patton.
Yes please. Or call 1-800-273-TALK.

It’s so hard when you are sad to realize you are loved by many. But please try. Call someone.

Brody was loved by so many. But I guess didn’t realize it.
Please, reach out when you need to. There will be better tomorrows, and I don’t want you to miss them. #818ForLife #YouMatter ❤️
First and foremost, condolences to this man's friends and family. But speaking from experience as a depressed person, we often don't "reach out" to anyone because we don't want to be a burden.

Please check in (or drop in on) your quiet/strong/sad friends. It could save a life.
I am sorry for your loss. I must say, it is VERY hard for ppl who suffer from depression to reach out, so if u know someone who IS suffering from depression, check in w/ them. it means more than u will ever know. Sometimes we isolate & someone reaching out is all it takes.
I’d seen Brody Stevens perform quite a lot in early 2000 and was always rooting for him. This breaks my heart. Please, everyone check on each other.
Oh no. Patton, I’m so sorry for your loss. I never met Brody but he was/is so loved by so many people.
when you reach out to everyone who was supposed to love you and they get angry and believe you but don't care... next step is what
That's the thing about people who are suicidal... they don't reach out. They will never ask. Mostly, because they don't want to burden anyone else. People (friends, family and associates) have to be more open to just showing up. all the time.
Omg. How terribly sad. He was so wonderful. Ugh. pic.twitter.com/IFEFTnIE3N
If someone begins to withdraw, suddenly changes behavior, or goes silent, please reach out to them. We are much more likely to stop a suicide by reaching out to loved ones in crisis than sitting and waiting for them to ask for help. Both messages are important but act first!
Oh no very sad to hear. And please listed to @pattonoswalt if you are depressed or feeling suicidal, reach out to anyone. We are all on this journey together and there are times we all need a little help with making it through the day, some days more than others. #ReachOut
Heartbreaking. Please take Patton's advice! I'm always here if you need to talk. I'll always lend an ear. I'll drop everything, I promise.
If you are in pain, reach out; IF YOU ARE NOT IN PAIN, REACH OUT TO THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE. Someone may be suffering and you have more strength than they do right now to put yourself out there. Your thoughtfulness and kindness is NEEDED and can be life-saving.
The depressed and suicidal can’t reach out. The pain is so deeply internalized. All hope is lost. So sad.
Depression gets the best of us man. Needs to be discussed a lot more.
So sad. We often don't remember how serious depression can be. Please reach out if you need to talk to someone. There are resources and help. Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Oh no. I didn’t know him myself but my thoughts go out to all his friends and family.
I feel this so hard. My daughter attempted suicide in October, and almost succeeded. We're still walking through the ashes. Suicide prevention 1-800-273-8255. Also, text HOME to 741741.
Brody was such a powerful, funny, fascinating presence @TheComedyStore Already miss him playing drums with Don, going off the rails in the OR or just giving me a fist bump in the hallway and saying “Black.” the first time he did that I thought “I must be doing something right.”
Every time this happens in the comedy community it breaks my heart. I joined this hellhole site to specifically follow comedians. Y’all give us so much joy and laughter every day, it’s hard to remember that too often the humor masks deep depression...even though I do that myself. pic.twitter.com/gQu7UykgyV
A gentle reminder that depression can be fatal.
Man. I’m really bummed by this news. Truly an outstanding, positive force in the comedy world. I always enjoyed his Periscopes and podcast appearances. Truly an original.
I know the feeling. I have lost more friends to suicide then I did in Iraq.
I met Brody a couple times, he was super nice and very funny. This has been a hard year for so many people, and you really never know what another person is going through unless they tell you (not easy). RIP Brody Stevens. Check in on a friend today.
I can’t stand this. During my brief sojourn in the stand-up world, nobody made me laugh harder than he did. #RIPBrodyStevens
"if you're drowning, please shout out!" No It's up to us to watch out and reach out to them. That's what lifeguards do. Somehow (PS, I failed) Keep your eyes open and communication open to those you know might need your help offer a lifeline that they will grab Maybe 800-273-8255
I wrote Brody once a few years back, to tell him how much his show meant to me, and seeing him keep at it... I told him it made it easier for me to fight depression, seeing him do it. This isn't right. This hurts. #RIPBrodyStevens
I had the pleasure of seeing Brody Stevens twice; he was so incredible and full of energy. He’s the sort of guy that comedians would love to talk about and they always did with such joy. Truly a major loss. If you’re hurting know that you’re not alone, seek help! #RIPBrodyStevens
So sorry, Patton. What a sad day.
Wow, heartbreaking news, what a comedian, this is so sad.
Such tragic news. I'm so sorry for all who knew and loved Brody.
This is so awful. Brody Stephens was such an amazing comedian, we saw him this month at the Store. It was the end of he night after a couple of rocky sets. He did an hour just crushing the small crowd that was left. He was selfless with his gift #RIPBrodyStevens #818ForLife
It's not that simple. It's incredibly difficult to actually get a professional therapist that takes the particular insurance of the average American. The process enables those without hope to give up faster. This needs to be fixed.
I've started to realize that, if you know someone you think is hilarious and always makes you laugh, stop them from time to time and just ask them how they're doing. No jokes, nothing else.
I used to work across the street from the comedy store. The job was unfulfilling at best and I often became depressed. It’s something I’ve dealt with my entire adult life but the depression then could be particularly acute. One day I went over to the comedy store to try to 1/
The best comedians are the ones that take the darkness that we all live with & turn it into the light of comedy. To relate to. Laugh at. Make fun of. People forget that the best can do that because they’re often swallowed by that darkness. #RIPBrodyStevens. You were 1 of the best
its probably a better message to tell people to reach out to their friends and check up on them than to make depressed people feel like they have to burden someone or idk maybe im just a dumbass
Brody was just one of those guys where damn near anything might fly out of his mouth. It might make sense or might not. Funny. Smart. And he'll be missed. pic.twitter.com/ITOsZWM1xB
When people are hurting a lot they may talk about it a lot and threaten it and no one thinks they will actually ever do anything, and can get tired of hearing about it. The person feels that asking for help is yet another burden and nobody wants to hear about it anymore.
This breaks my heart. I didn't know Brody well, but I was always happy to run into him. I'll tell you something real: Robin Williams' suicide is what made me finally go to therapy. If you're fighting with depression, seek help. If a friend is, do what you can to get them help.
Fuck. I was hoping this was some kind of sick prank or whatever. RIP @BrodyismeFriend
This is it. We're all we've got. Text someone, call someone, whatever. Just reach out. We're all human beings. Don't do what you think you want to do.
The nation needs a 3-digit hotline! We have an easy one we HAVE to call before we dig a hole in our yard, but people in desperate need of help have to search for the #suicide prevention hotline. WHY?!😠 #SuicideAwareness #BrodyStevens #3digitSuicideHotline
I can’t think of too many people who were loved more than Brody Stevens. Mental illness takes away the ability to feel that love. I’m so sad he didn’t get the help he needed.
Patton - W/ all due respect, it's easy to say that, but you would be surprised how many people do NOT pay attention to their friends and/or listen, OR become uncomfortable and shrug it off. I wish there was "training" on how to listen and pay attention. Save souls
He was such a funny comic. Go check out his stand up and celebrate his life. #RIPBrodyStevens
Patton is absolutely right, of course, but I would also like to add ... if you know someone who suffers from depression ... PLEASE reach out to them every now & then. Depression keeps you from asking for help. It also lies and tells you that nobody cares about you. PLEASE care ❤
Here is a place you can start 18002738255... National Suicide Hotline
People in the depths of suicidal symptoms cannot be reached by Tweets exhorting them to reach out. They *cannot*. Might as well say “please please walk” to a person w/paralysis. Exhort *well* people to reach out to friends they know have depression!
Empathy, consideration and understanding of others can lead to depression. If you're a good person, we need you. Practice self care and reach out for help.
You are not burdening people by sharing your problems. The only burden is what you leave behind when you don't share your problems. You are loved.
Today @RollingStone published an interview w the beloved Peter Tork @TorkTweet, who leaves us w this kindness: "When they say in real estate, 'There’s only three issues: location, location, location,' in life, there’s only three things to remember: get help, get help, get help."
More importantly, if you suspect someone is depressed - YOU reach out. When I'm bad, just breathing... Existing is painful. Asking for help is impossible. Someone else saying "hi, you okay?" can be the difference between life and death. It can't always be on us. We need help.
My god. Such a kind-hearted, generous soul. I did not know Brody well, but our interactions over the years always put a smile on my face. This is so sad.
reach out to anyone you can. even if it’s a stranger online. and don’t ever feel dumb or embarrassed for doing so. you count. your life counts. depression tries to convince you otherwise. 😓
As a survivor of an attempt, please reach out if you need help. There are people who want to help.
The National Suicide Hotline tel:1-800-273-8255
For real. You are not a problem or a burden. Lots of people “hide” it when out and about. Please don’t go it alone. The help and love you need is available❤️ #DepressionIsReal #RIPBrodyStevens
Laughter is a sturdy wall that holds back depression but sometimes depression finds a tall ladder or digs a tunnel underneath. RIP
Errrrrrm I've been at the point where bad ideas start becoming my only ideas, reaching out wasn't fathomable. What has saved my life was people reaching out to me.
I've had one of the worst days in years. I couldn't begin to say how crushed I am. I'm sorry you lost your friend. I liked what I did see of his work.
I was Suicidal last year and reached out to ANYONE and it was a big mistake. Being in a vulnerable state was met with anger and judgement while I was grasping to stay afloat. Consider who you reach out to. Find a group that understands. Some can push you further into giving up.
And if you think someone is depressed, or going through something, REACH OUT TO THEM. Depression makes it hard to ask for help.
Saw Brody for the first and only time in LA a few months ago. He went for 90 minutes on pure crowd work that kept us til 2 a.m. It was totally hilarious and all we talked about for 4 days. Honestly. Too often the funniest people in life are the most encumbered.
Or if you know someone who is dealing with depression or has any mention of it, please reach out to them as well since they may not make the first move. Let them know they’re not alone in this world and that they are loved. So incredibly sad and he was a hilarious guy.
They are available 24/7...
They are there to talk...
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