YouTuber and Mental Health Podcaster Stevie Ryan Dies By Suicide
YouTuber and co-host of the podcast Mentally Ch(ill) Stevie Ryan died by suicide on Saturday, July 1. Ryan rose to fame through her YouTube series “Little Loca” and celebrity impressions. She also starred in “Stevie TV,” a sketch-based show on VH1, and co-hosted the E! series “Sex with Brody.”
Ryan was open about her mental health, frequently tweeting about it and discussing depression on her podcast.
Just did 3 hours of talk therapy to come home & cry over how bad the audio sounds from a podcast I recorded today.
— Stevie Ryan (@StevieRyan) June 21, 2017
According to People, Ryan and her and co-host Kristen Carney also discussed suicide and the death of Ryan’s grandfather earlier that week in an episode released two days before Ryan’s death.
“I’m just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression,” Ryan said of the show’s effect on her mental health.
Fans and colleagues of Ryan’s took to Twitter to mourn her passing.
— Tyler Baltierra (@TylerBaltierra) July 3, 2017
So sad to hear about @StevieRyan. Let it be known again- depression knows no race, age, financial status. Start talking about it.
— ???????????? (@_supercasey) July 3, 2017
— Rusty Shackleford (@suite_dee) July 3, 2017
I quite adored her from a distance & without knowing it she helped me so much too <3
life will not be the same again 🙁
— In_Nachbars_Garten (@DieTrottellumme) July 3, 2017
I am beyond saddened to learn of Stevie Ryan’s passing. If you suffer from depression, please get help.
— Vanessa Ramos (@thatRamosgirl) July 3, 2017
If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who are feeling suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.
If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.
If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.
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