4 TED Talks on Suicide

TED Talks on Suicide for World Suicide Prevention Day

Sunday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day.  As such, we thought we would look back at some of our favourite and most inspiring Ted talks on suicide.  When I was struggling the most, I found talks like these to be cathartic, informative and helpful to me.  I hope they are the same for you.

The Bridge Between Suicide & Life

For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job.  He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts.  In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life.  He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.

Break The Silence For Suicide Attempt Survivors

Even when our lives appear fine from the outside, locked within can be a world of quiet suffering, leading some to the decision to end their life.  At TEDYou, JD Schramm asks us to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts, and to create much-needed resources to help people who reclaim their lives after escaping death.

Confessions of a Depressed Comic

Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident.  But he tells the story of the night he realised that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.

Depression, the Secret We Share

“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.”  In a talk that is eloquent and devastating in equal parts, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression.  That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression.  As he did so he discovered, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.

If you enjoyed these, check out our other videos or visit www.ted.com

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