This question, along with the other existential concerns of young adulthood, drive Looking for Alaska. Purpose, religion, suffering are all, of course, the kinds of subjects that underpin many teen shows. But Looking for Alaska is quite unlike another popular teen series of the moment, Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, which seeks, as its name suggests, "reasons" for a suicide rather than exploring the complexity of depression. Hulu's series, on the other hand, is far more careful in its treatment of tough issues, and probably won't have to backtrack to correct mistakes like 13 Reasons Why has had to do in the past. It offers mental health resources at the end of each episode, and at its core is more thoughtful in its reflection on how we can all be better to each other.
The only answer the series ends up giving is that the labyrinth shouldn't be about finding a way out, but rather a way through. It's an answer young people deserve in their media, and as Looking for Alaska shows, it's one that's possible.