Since he was a teenager, Tim O’Brien has wrestled with depression and thoughts of suicide, or what experts call “suicidal ideation.” He went to therapy a couple of times in high school, but it didn’t stick. He carried on, keeping his struggles to himself. And for years—from his view—he was managing just fine.
But in 2018, the Brooklyn filmmaker, then in his late 20s, experienced a “series of personal setbacks,” as he calls it. For someone with long-term but untreated depression, the additional stress was too much.