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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

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Teenagers love to text—their thumbs pound out an average of 3,339 texts per month. Crisis Text Line turns this into a way to help teens through their hardest times: family issues, stress or suicidal thoughts. Trained counselors text back and forth with advice and resources—and, in the process, collect (anonymous) data that could lead to better []

How should we talk about mental health?

How should we talk about mental health?

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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 []

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

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

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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 []

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

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

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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 []

Eleanor Longden’s selections for further reading on voice hearing

Eleanor Longden’s selections for further reading on voice hearing

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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 []

Playlist: All across the autism spectrum

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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 []

The upside of stress: Kelly McGonigal at TEDGlobal 2013

The upside of stress: Kelly McGonigal at TEDGlobal 2013

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Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal is here to talk about stress. In particular, she’s here to make the case that stress might not, in fact, be the enemy we tend to think it is. To do this, she asks those assembled in the conference hall in Edinburgh to indicate how much stress they’ve felt in the past year. []

Living with voices in your head: Eleanor Longden at TED2013

Living with voices in your head: Eleanor Longden at TED2013

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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 []