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How should we talk about mental health?How should we talk about mental health?

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Mental health suffers from a major image problem. One in every four people experiences mental health issues — yet more than 40 percent of countries worldwide have no mental health policy. Across the board it seems like we have no idea how to talk about it respectfully and responsibly. Stigma and discrimination are the two […]

News

Kevin Breel talks to the Today Show about his viral videoKevin Breel talks to the Today Show about his viral video

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In an interview on the Today Show this morning, Kevin Breel reveals why he thinks his TED Talk has gone viral: not because his story is unique, but because it is so common. Breel’s talk, given at TEDxKids@Ambleside, has been watched about 1.5 million times so far. In it, the 19-year-old reveals that, while he […]

Culture

Confessions of a depressed comic: A Q&A with Kevin BreelConfessions of a depressed comic: A Q&A with Kevin Breel

Posted By Nadia Goodman

As a teenager, Kevin Breel almost took his own life. His story — so powerfully told in his viral TEDx Talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic” — gives voice to an often silent struggle and offers a message of hope. In honor of Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day, we spoke with Kevin about living with depression […]

Health

Treating the diagnosis rather than the individual: A look at the increase in recognized disorders and prescriptionsTreating the diagnosis rather than the individual: A look at the increase in recognized disorders and prescriptions

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Grace Rubenstein Eleanor Longden’s new TED Book, Learning from the Voices in My Head, charts her harrowing journey from terrified young woman trembling in a psychiatric ward to a stable, successful doctoral candidate who has learned to live peacefully with her inner voices, medication-free. She recounts how her mind shattered into pieces and how […]

Health

Eleanor Longden’s selections for further reading on voice hearingEleanor Longden’s selections for further reading on voice hearing

Posted By Tedstaff

Eleanor Longden’s riveting story – featured in today’s talk and more in depth in the new TED Book, Learning from the Voices in My Head — raises many provocative questions. Longden talks about her recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia, in the process calling into question the attitudes of traditional psychiatry, the role of drug manufacturers and […]

Health

Everything you ever wanted to know about voice hearing (but were too afraid to ask)Everything you ever wanted to know about voice hearing (but were too afraid to ask)

Posted By Michelle Quint

During her freshman year of college, Eleanor Longden began hearing voices: a narrator describing her actions as she went about her day. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Longden began what she describes as a “psychic civil war,” fighting to stop the voices as they became antagonistic. What helped her was something unexpected: making peace with them. By […]

Playlist

Playlist: All across the autism spectrum

Posted By Jessica Gross

June 18th is Autistic Pride Day, a day to celebrate the neurodiversity of people on the autism spectrum. Too often, autistic people are viewed as only autistic, and it’s seen strictly as a disorder. As always, the full picture isn’t drawn in black and white: it’s complex, full of grays. At TED, scores of speakers […]

Health

Living with voices in your head: Eleanor Longden at TED2013Living with voices in your head: Eleanor Longden at TED2013

Posted By Helen Walters

Eleanor Longden did well at school, and gleefully entered student life at university in England. By all appearances, she was a happy, typical student … but it wasn’t true. Underneath it all, Longden was “fundamentally frightened,” and while she did a good job of concealing her fear, she was about to come undone. She started to […]

Health

Let’s have a conversation about mental health: How Sarah Caddick curated “Misbehaving Beautifully”Let’s have a conversation about mental health: How Sarah Caddick curated “Misbehaving Beautifully”

Posted By Emily McManus

On the TEDGlobal 2012 stage this summer, guest curator Sarah Caddick hosted the session “Misbehaving Beautifully,” a deep dive into a near-taboo subject: mental health and mental illness. Today, Oct. 10, happens to be World Mental Health Day, and TED.com is premiering the final talk Sarah curated for the stage, Ruby Wax’s “What’s so funny […]

Global Issues

Some stats on the devastating impact of mental illness worldwide, followed by some reasons for hope

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Getting treatment for a mental illness when you live in the developing world is hardly as easy as making an appointment with a therapist or psychiatrist. Mental illness is often not treated with the same sense of urgency as physical illness, and resources to provide care are simply not available in many areas. In this […]