In the past year, I have had many public speaking opportunities to share my suicide loss story. Slowly but surely, I am getting over my fear of public speaking! I still get sweaty palms and knots in my stomach, but the more I do it, the easier it becomes.
One of my new favorite hobbies is watching/listening to TED Talks. There are talks on literally WHATEVER topic you could possibly be interested in. TED Talks are available for free online, which means you can listen from anywhere. Most importantly, they are short and focused. Although I want to learn all the information, finding time is not always easy. I can commit to a 20 minute presentation when I get home from work.
I wanted to share with you a few TED Talks, specifically about mental health, that have touched me recently.
(This is NOT a sponsored post, I just really love learning and listening to inspiring people speak.)
- Jeremy Forbes: How to Start a Conversation About Suicide
Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide — but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he’s on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In this deeply personal talk, Forbes shares his approach to helping a group of traditionally silent men in his community open up about their struggles. “We can all be life preservers,” he says.
- JD Schramm: Break the Silence for Suicide Attempt Survivors
Even when our lives appear fine from the outside, locked within can be a world of quiet suffering, leading some to the decision to end their life. At TEDYou, JD Schramm asks us to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts, and to create much-needed resources to help people who reclaim their life after escaping death.
- Nikki Webber Allen: Don’t Suffer From Your Depression in Silence
Having feelings isn’t a sign of weakness — they mean we’re human, says producer and activist Nikki Webber Allen. Even after being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, Webber Allen felt too ashamed to tell anybody, keeping her condition a secret until a family tragedy revealed how others close to her were also suffering. In this important talk about mental health, she speaks openly about her struggle — and why communities of color must undo the stigma that misreads depression as a weakness and keeps sufferers from getting help.
I hope you give these few a listen! Head on over to TED Talks to find more.
Who knows.. maybe I’ll be featured in one some day in the future!! (fingers crossed)