I'm Kevin. I'm someone who has lost someone, but I know Life Is Worth Living.
As with any other, it all begins with a story. On August 8th, 2017, I lost my youngest brother to suicide. Depression had it’s grip on him for years, but he made sure to never show it. Around his passing, I saw a theme in the comments we received, “we never saw it coming.” This ultimately ended up changing the way I looked at life. I would think to myself, what if someone I know/love is struggling and I’m just a person who “never saw it coming”?
I think there’s a gap somewhere here. A gap that some people don’t think they can traverse, a gap that some don’t see anyone helping them across, a gap that involves dropping the “armor” and opening up. I want TooDamnSoon to encourage everyone to talk more about their feelings. I want TooDamnSoon to put mental health in the spotlight and begin the discussion. The ultimate goal of this movement is to get the conversation started. It’s a hard one to have and open up about.
I know what it’s like to feel alone, when you can’t get out of bed and you don’t want to leave your home. I know what it’s like to reach a point where it feels like your bones are heavy and made of stone. I want you to know that I love you, your feelings are valid and you’re welcome here. You are so important.
Why is the logo for TooDamnSoon a deer?
When it was my turn to speak at my little brother’s funeral, I stood next to his body looking at those who had gathered to pay their respects. I spoke about depression as feeling lost in the woods and that no matter how deep you thought you were, you must believe that you will make it out. I wanted the logo for this project to symbolize that so I designed the logo with a deer who had antlers that resembled branches.
After losing Ben, there's nothing I wish for more everyday than to let everyone know how important and loved they are.
— Kevin Kyser
It's been years and I still think about her everyday.
— Aubrey Rockman
Everyone here on this earth has their very own story.
— Rod Boldt