If you are looking for something to write about that will get your readers in a funk, well (unfortunately) this list is for you.

This list of sad and depressing topics is perfect for essays or stories that you want to make your readers feel down. From death and loss, to addiction and mental illness, these topics will leave your readers feeling sad and despondent.

If you’re all set to depress your audience, I don’t know what to tell you (in all seriousness: there is hope!), but you can use one of these topics in your next writing project, poem, song, or art.

What are sad things to write about?

  1. Loss of a loved one
  2. Being hurt by a friend
  3. Death
  4. Drug addiction
  5. Mental illness
  6. Suicide
  7. Childhood abuse or neglect
  8. Natural disasters
  9. Terminal illness
  10. War
  11. Homelessness
  12. Poverty and a dearth of resources
  13. Lack of clean water
  14. Lack of access to healthcare
  15. Broken family relationships
  16. Alcoholism
  17. The effects of classism
  18. The effects of slavery on the U.S.
  19. Lack of adequate nutrition
  20. Jealousy and hurtful relationships
  21. Gang violence
  22. Intentionally or unintentionally hurting a friend
  23. The effects of social media on personal self-esteem

All of these topics are incredibly sad and will leave your readers feeling depressed. Be sure to use them sparingly in your writing, as too much sadness can be overwhelming for your readers. But if you’re writing fiction, these topics can provide motivation to a character, provide an interesting angle for backstory, or create an interpersonal conflict.

If you’re writing about these from a personal angle, writing can help in the healing process–along with prayer and encouragement from friends. Please seek assistance when necessary.