Great TED Talks for Emotional First Aid

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Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

Guy Winch is a psychologist and author that incentivizes the practice of emotional hygiene; that is, listening to our feelings and emotions, just as we would listen to physical symptoms, and seek professional mental health when need – which, turns out, is often.

Susan David: The gift and power of emotional courage

Psychologist Susan David enlightens us on the power our emotions have over us, and how they can structure most aspects of our lives. In a modern society that mainly praises highly positive people, Susan argues that we should encourage emotional honesty.

Andrew Soloman: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Writer Andrew Soloman tells tales of his own experiences in the hopes of encouraging us to explore our personal struggles and rise not in spite, but because of it, in this heartwarming and inspirational talk.

JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

The topic of suicide holds a heavy taboo in modern society, and professor JD Schramm urges us to break that and speak out about suicide attempts and depression. JD insists that speaking out can be a much-needed comfort for those who are suffering.

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Sophie Andrews: The best way to help is often just to listen

Sophie Andrews is the CEO of The Silver Line, an important initiative that helps solitary and isolated senior citizens in the UK through a helpline. She created this helpline because of her own experience with abuse, and explains how it all happened in this empowering TED Talk that touches on the importance of really listening as an effective way of helping.

Sangu Delle: There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health

In a society in which gender roles are still very much enforced, entrepreneur and activist Sangu Delle talks about the stigma around men who take action about bettering their mental health, and how he’s deconstructed himself to lead a healthier life.

Guy Winch: How to fix a broken heart

Suffering over a broken heart is a common and universal experience, and yet we always struggle greatly with it. In this TED Talk, psychologist Guy Winch gives us insight on how to make this process a little easier, and how it has to do with a fight against our instincts.

Nancy Lubin: How data from a crisis text line is saving lives

Nancy Lubin is the CEO of Crisis Text Line, a service that receives texts from all over the country about all kinds of dangerous situations, ranging from abusive events to suicidal thoughts. In this shocking lecture, Susan elucidates how the data is collected from the text line and turned into information that can help save lives.

Nikki Webber Allen: Don’t suffer from your depression in silence

Nikki Webber Allen is a producer and activist, that through her own experience with anxiety and depression, sparked a conversation about mental health and its preconceptions in communities of color. Now, she brings this prime and topical discussion to the TED stage.

Mandy Len Carton: A better way to talk about love

Love is unexplainable and mysterious, making us feel all kinds of way. Writer Mandy Len Carton dives into the subject of love by creating a clever and relatable metaphor that may change the way we view and even experience love.

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