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Almost Thirteen

In April of 2020, the world lost Hayden to suicide in the middle of COVID stay-at-home orders, just four days before his thirteenth birthday. Since his death, Hayden’s family have poured their hearts into making this short film with the mission to raise awareness and to increase communication to prevent youth suicide.

Almost Thirteen | Film

The world lost Hayden to suicide in the middle of COVID stay-at-home orders, just four days before his 13th birthday.

Hayden did not struggle with depression, nor did he have a history of mental health problems. He was a healthy and happy kid who was unprepared for social isolation. His parents attribute Hayden’s emotional suffering to a “perfect storm of routine disruption, social isolation, increased gaming, and a pressure stack of activity cancellations.”

Since Hayden’s death, his family have poured their hearts into making this short film with the mission to raise awareness and to increase communication to prevent youth suicide.

WARNING: This film contains content that may be emotionally disturbing for the viewer.  Parental guidance is advised, as well as awareness for those that may be affected by emotional content. If you are in crisis, text HELLO to 741741 (Crisis Text Line) or call 1-800-273-8355 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

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The world lost Hayden Hunstable to suicide in the middle of COVID stay-at-home orders, just four days before his 13th birthday. 

His family explained that Hayden did not struggle with depression, nor did he have a history of mental health problems. He was a healthy and happy kid who was unprepared for social isolation. His parents attribute Hayden’s emotional suffering to a “perfect storm of routine disruption, social isolation, increased gaming, and a pressure stack of activity cancellations.”

Since Hayden’s death, the Hunstables have poured themselves and their hearts into making this short documentary film with the mission to raise awareness of preteen and teen suicide.

“I must admit, it has been difficult beyond description,” explained Hayden’s dad, Brad Hunstable. “Grieving while making a movie has been challenging and scary, but we believe it’s critical to saving others during this time of national anxiety.”

Brad posted a heartbreaking video two days after burying his son and spoke of an “emotional bubble” that he believed was about to burst in America. His video hit home with parents worldwide, immediately going viral, and amassed more than 110 million views with countless comments. ​

WARNING: This film contains content that may be emotionally disturbing for the viewer.  Parental guidance is advised, as well as awareness for those that may be affected by emotional content. If you are in crisis, text HELLO to 741741 (Crisis Text Line) or call 1-800-273-8355 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

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    WellBeings.org is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741), or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.