Mental health therapy can be beneficial for just about anyone. When I share that I’m often met with an array of responses. Some concur, but others are hesitant and even offended. Although we’ve come a long way, mental health stigma is still rather pervasive. When you consider mental health, your mind may actually warp to the exact opposite, and antiquated images of asylums and horror stories may come to mind. This imagery may hold you back from seeking the help you may not only benefit from, but may need. It’s difficult to seamlessly connect needs and services when the gap is speckled with stigma-riddled obstacles.
No one will ever understand me.
Counseling is for the weak.
I’m not crazy.
Just talking about my problems won’t help.
I’ll be judged.
Originally a conference to discuss the convergence of Technology, Entertainment, and Design, TED has evolved into an informative worldwide community for discourse and education. TED talks are known to feed curious souls and inspire thinkers. In these three short clips Nikki Webber Allen, Sangu Delle, and Guy Winch share their powerful, relatable stories. Together, these clips combat stigmatized beliefs about mental health and may help to empower you in taking the next step in your therapeutic journey.
Don’t suffer from your depression in silence
Nikki Webber Allen discusses her anxiety and depression, and how she held the misconception that her struggles were signs of weakness. Allen highlights a common misunderstanding that mental health concerns cannot occur in high-achieving successful individuals. Further, she shares her personal story to highlight the additional stress of mental health stigma in minority communities.
There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health
In this Sangu Delle talks about the “hell” he experienced with anxiety. He shares that his struggles were not only from the anxiety itself, but from the underlying shame due to his culture and gender as well. Delle delves into the disparity between physical and mental health and conveys a compelling example for honoring our mental health as we would our physical health
Why we all need to practice emotional first aid
Guy Winch passionately uses his personal journey as a psychologist to demonstrate the favoritism we are often guilty of in valuing the health of the body over the mind. Winch notes that we endure more mental injuries throughout our lifetime and often ignore them, whereas we tend to the smallest of physical concerns. In this talk Winch provides a persuasive task of breaking the cycle and nourishing our emotional first aid.