Mental Health TED Talks
Below are some TED talks on mental well-being that we’ve found useful. There are many other great talks of course — we just haven't gotten to all of them yet! For others, please explore them here. Should you have other recommendations, please email us and we’ll add them to this list for your fellow Press Players.
The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Another insightful TED talk by Brown: Listening to Shame
How to Practice Emotional First Aid by Guy Winch
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don't we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don't have to.
There’s No Shame in Taking Care of Your Mental Health by Sangu Delle
When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions.
How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Make Us Who We Are by Andrew Solomon
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of struggle, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since.
Another excellent TED talk by Solomon: Depression, the Secret We Share
Don't Suffer From Your Depression in Silence by Nikki Webber Allen
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.
A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit by Judson Brewer
Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us.