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5 of the Best TED Talks on Mental Illness

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Here are 5 of the Best TED Talks on Mental Illness that not only discuss personal stories but also how mental illness should be viewed in society.

Eleanor Longden: The Voices in My Head

TED2013

Eleanor speaks about her personal experience of beginning her tertiary education, from the optimistic and cherry school student seen on the outside, to a depressed and doubtful university student on the inside. Eleanor began hearing what was thought as external voiced comments, however, she soon discovered it was schizophrenia doing the talking. Watch the video to continue learning about Eleanor’s diagnosis.

Elyn Saks: A Tale of Mental Illness – From the Inside

TEDGlobal 2012

Elyn is someone who has spent hundreds of days in a psychiatric hospital due to her chronic schizophrenia, nonetheless, hasn’t been admitted for over thirty years. With her predictions of living to be inside a care facility, Elyn demonstrated a hefty amount of determination and is now a Professor of Law, Psychology and Psychiatry. The title of this presentation is exactly what it is about, watch the video of Elyn to hear her story of being schizophrenic.

Guy Winch: Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

TEDxLinnaeusUniversity 2014

Guy is breaking down the stigma of mental health and psychology not being a ‘real’ illness and profession. He speaks about his observations about the treatment and preference of the state of our body over our mind. For more of Guy’s thoughts watch the video below.

Kevin Briggs: The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

TED2014

After 23 years of work with the California Highway Patrol, Kevin opens up about the dark side of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He goes into detail of how the iconic bridge is used as a platform to jump from to commit suicide. Kevin specifically tells the story of two encounters with people contemplating suicide, watch the video to find out more.

Thomas Insel: Towards a New Understanding of Mental Illness

TEDxCaltech 2013

Thomas informs the audience of the frightening statics of mental illnesses and why it is considered a disability by the World Health Organisation. He continues by discussing in further detail the importance of understanding mental illnesses as brain disorders and examines schizophrenia to prove his point. Watch the video to hear more of Thomas’s point of view.

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