5 Ted Talks That Will Change the Way You View Mental Illness and Suicide

Written by Hannah Blum, author of The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love


When you live with a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, or schizophrenia, one of the biggest challenges is living in a society that struggles to comprehend your condition. This is why public speaking platforms such as TED are ideal for spreading much-needed messages about mental illness and suicide. Many Ted Talks accomplish this, but here are a few that send a clear message and call to action.

Here are 5 Ted Talk that will change the way we view mental illness and suicide.


How come every other organ can get sick, and you get sympathy except the brain.

What’s so funny about mental illness? | Ruby Wax

I asked him, “What made you come back over the rail of the bridge and give life and hope another chance?”

He told me, “You listened. You let me speak and you just listened.”

The bridge between suicide and life | Kevin Briggs

If you hear nothing else today, please hear this, there are not schizophrenics, there are people with schizophrenia. 

A tale of mental illness | Elyn Saks

If you should speak to anyone affected by mental illness, the chances are that you will hear stories of hidden suffering, shame, and discrimination.

Mental Health for All by Involving All | Vikram Patel | TED Talks

It was too late, my 16 year old student died by suicide. I was devastated. How could I have missed the signs? 

The fight against teen suicide begins in the classroom | Brittni Darras | TEDxMileHigh

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At the age of 20, Hannah Blum went from Prom Queen to a mental patient in the blink of an eye, but what she believed would be the end was only just the beginning. In her first book, The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love, Hannah Blum redefines what it means to love yourself and takes readers on an unforgettable journey towards embracing what makes them different.