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Kristi Hugstad

Kristi Hugstad is on a mission to abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide, and that starts with teens. Kristi’s husband, Bill, completed suicide by running in front of a train after struggling for decades with clinical depression and substance abuse. Their story may have ended differently if they’d known the warning signs and risk factors of depression and suicide, and today Kristi is determined to raise awareness of both, so no one is ever too late to save a loved one.

Kristi Hugstad is the author of Beneath the Surface: A Teen’s Guide to Reaching Out When You or a Friend Is in Crisis; What I Wish I’d Known: Finding Your Way through the Tunnel of Grief; R U OK?: Teen Depression and Suicide; and a trilogy of gift books, Returning to Joy: Inspiration for Grieving the Loss of a Loved One, Returning to Joy: Inspiration for Grieving the Loss of Your Dog, and Returning to Joy: Inspiration for Grieving the Loss of Your Cat. She is also a professional speaker, certified grief recovery specialist, grief and loss facilitator for addicts in recovery, and credentialed health educator. Kristi hosts The Grief Girl podcast and The Grief Girl OC Talk Radio show, and she is a longtime blogger for the Huffington Post and Elephant Journal.

Author Kristi Hugstad introduces her book BENEATH THE SURFACE: A Teen's Guide for Reaching Out When You or a Friend are in Crisis

A Talk with Author Kristi Hugstad about BE YOU, ONLY BETTER

Even before the coronavirus hit, today’s teens and young adults were already facing intense mental health challenges like academic stress, substance abuse, eating disorders, financial insecurity, anxiety, and depression — just to name a few.


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A Conversation with Kristi Hugstad, author of BENEATH THE SURFACE

While growing up has never been easy, today’s teens face unique challenges. In addition to dealing with cliques and peer pressure, they live in a fast-changing social media world that exposes and makes vulnerable as much as it connects. Factor in mass shootings,...

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