Anna Akana Talks To People Magazine About Grief, Suicide And Making People Laugh

16 June 2016, 16:12 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:35

We the Unicorns

By Ella Wells

Anna has spoken out about losing her sister so young.

Is there anything that Anna Akana can't do? The YouTuber/actress/director is an inspiration here at Unicorns HQ and in fact, the rest of the world. She has had her own TV series, a sneaky cameo in Marvel's Ant-Man and has stood up for the whole of #TeamInternet against Emma Thompson's 'influencer' claims. In amongst all of this amazing-ness, Anna has never been shy in speaking out about her sister's tragic suicide, and now she has opened up to People Magazine about losing her sister so young.

Anna has never kept it a secret that her younger sister, Kristina, committed suicide back in 2007 when she was just 13 years old, but now she has decided to speak out in the recent issue of the American magazine. In the interview, Anna explains how her sister was a victim of bullying and that she sadly decided to take her life on Valentines Day, six years ago.

The YouTuber with over 1.4 million subscribers told People Magazine "I was so low, I just couldn't see a way out of it." However, Anna found an escape in a comedy featuring Margaret Cho and she knew she had to do something similar to help others, she explained: "it allowed me to forget about everything and laugh. And I wanted to do that for someone else." - and that is why we have her YouTube channel today.

This isn't the first time that Anna has publicly spoken about her sisters suicide. She uploaded an emotional video in 2013 titled 'please don't kill yourself' and tearfully explained what it's like to have someone you love commit suicide. She addressed all of the feelings and questions she's had for her sister since that day in 2007 and pleads to those considering suicide,"just don't do it".

We applaud Anna for speaking out about such a sensitive subject. If you have been affected by anything in Anna's video, or in this article, we encourage you to seek help. Organisations such as Mind are available at any time. Click here to visit their site.

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