These TED talks discuss a range of topics focusing on mental health and wellbeing, from depression and anxiety to loss, resilience, coming out and imposter syndrome. Learn from the wisdom of others, and find inspiration and strength in our shared experiences.
Don’t Suffer From Your Depression in Silence | Nikki Webber Allen
Topics: Depression; Suicide; Black people’s risk of mental disorder
Nikki Webber Allen shares her experience of depression for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). She talks about how she realised she was depressed, her nephews suicide, what she learnt about depression through her experience and how black people in the US are disproportionally affected by mental health disorders and are least likely to get help.
The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage | Susan David
Topics: Loss; Denial; Emotional suppression; False positivity; Emotional agility
Susan David talks about emotional suppression and false positivity for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Taking us through her own experience of pain and loss and her denial of those feelings, Susan shares with us how to embrace emotional agility and feel our feelings so that we can let them guide us and help us.
How To Cope With Anxiety | Olivia Remes
Topics: Anxiety; Anxiety disorder; Coping resources
Olivia Remes explains how to lower your anxiety in her talk for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Drawing on her research undertaken at the University of Cambridge, she encourages us to “do it badly” in order to speed up decision-making, reduce perfection-seeking and lower anxiety. She urges us to forgive ourselves and to “do something with someone else in mind” to gain purpose in our lives and lower our levels of anxiety.
How Do We Bridge The “Anxiety Gap” At Work? | Erica Joy Baker
Topics: Anxiety; Otherness; bias
Erica Joy Baker talks about how to reduce the “anxiety gap” in her talk for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Erica talks about being underestimated, being othered and being anxious because of it. She talks to us about how to create safe spaces for each other as she galvanises us into advocacy and change.
The Three Secrets of Resilient People | Lucy Hone
Topics: Adversity; Loss; Bereavement; Resilience
Lucy Hone is a resilience researcher who shares her own experience of profound loss and resilience as part of the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). In search of hope, Lucy discovered what it means to be resilient and how to achieve it. She shares with us these research based and personally tested strategies; accept adversity as part of life, focus on the good & find things to be grateful for and ask yourself ‘is this helping or harming me?’.
Why I Must Come Out | Geena Rocero
Topics: Transition; Identity; Being who you are; Suicide; LGBTQ+
Geena Rocero sharing her story of becoming who she is for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Geena talks about her story, about becoming a fashion model, a pageant queen and how she broke free of the box she was in. Geena teaches us about being ourselves and at the same time, embracing others as themselves.
The Danger of Hiding Who You Are | Morgana Bailey
Topics: Coming out; Being who you are; LGBTQ+
Morgana Bailey provides inspiration as she chooses to come out in her talk for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Morgana discusses the difficulties and challenges of coming out and the importance of being who you are, facing your fears and embracing yourself.
What is Imposter Syndrome and How Can You Combat it? | Elizabeth Cox
Topics: Imposter syndrome
Elizabeth Cox teaches us about imposter syndrome in this talk as part of the TED-Ed series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Elizabeth takes us through some examples of staggeringly successful people who experienced imposter syndrome and the studies that tell us it is surprisingly common. Talk about your feelings, share your experiences with friends and peers and focus on positive feedback.
A Better Way To Talk About Love | Mandy Len Catron
Topics: Love; Language; Relationships
In this talk for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), Mandy Len Catron talks about the language we use for love in the western world, how we equate it to madness and how we conceptualise it as passive. She gives us new ways of thinking about love and relationships, teaching us to be collaborative and to be an active participant in creating love the way we want it.
The Power of Vulnerability | Brené Brown
Brené Brown talks about her research into vulnerability in her talk for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). She teaches us about connection and how shame and fear undermine us in our efforts to connect with others. Brené encourages us to be vulnerable and wholehearted as we search for our own worthiness and connection.