TED Talks has put together a 7 film playlist entitled ‘The Struggle of Mental Health’ which addresses topics as diverse as depression, schizophrenia and suicidal feelings. Recognising that all too often, these experiences stay private, the speakers who’ve struggled with mental illness bravely share their stories, in the hope that others don’t feel so isolated.
One of the most pervasive issues that many of us who live with mental illness face is the loneliness; societal stigma and misunderstanding means that we feel unable to talk openly and frankly about our experiences. The talks are therefore so important – they remind us that we are not alone, that there are many people out there who have lived experience just like us, and that talking about it is not only therapeutic, it helps others to understand mental illness and treat is as compassionately as they do any other condition. And not only that, the very powerful message that people are much more than their diagnosis, is provided by these talks – people who live with mental illness can, and more often than not are, very productive members of society who bring up families and work hard. And yes, recovery is possible……there is hope!
The talks available are:
Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share.
Kevin Breel: Confessions of a depressed comic.
Sherwin Nuland: How electroshock therapy changed me.
Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head.
Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness — from the inside.
JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors.
Kevin Briggs: The bridge between suicide and life.
You can visit the playlist here