Five TED Talks You Won’t Want to Miss

The entire premise of TED is to invite speakers at the forefront of their fields to speak about “ideas worth spreading.” Some of our favorites are highlighted below:

1. Elyn Saks, A tale of mental illness

A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

2. Mark Henick, Why we choose suicide

Mark Henick is a mental health advocate. Informed by his direct experience with this aspect of the health care system, Mark has authored commentaries on issues relating to mental health for major newspapers across Canada and the U.S. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Philosophy, with a graduate degree in Child Development.

3. Nick Vujicic, Overcoming hopelessness

Nick Vujicic was born with a rare genetic disorder that resulted in the absence of all four limbs. Living with disability plunged him into a world of depression during most of his childhood. However, after a suicide attempt, he saw that there was hope even in the most dire of circumstances.

4. Andrew Solomon, Depression, the secret we share

“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” Writer Andrew Solomon narrates his dark battle with depression that led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to collect the stories of others with depression.

5. Kevin Breel, Why we need to talk about depression

Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.

Find more TED talks on mental health here.

This post was written by Cathy Liu. Please contact with any questions.