Elaine Russell: What Trying To Help My Friend Taught Me About Mental Health

When she was in 7th grade, Elaine Russell tried to bear the weight of her friend’s suffering. She knew that her friend was struggling with mental illness, and she desperately wanted to “save” her. But, as Elaine eventually realised, she wasn’t equipped to alleviate her friend’s pain, and the idea that we can “save” our loved ones might put unhealthy pressure on us. In this revealing Talk, Elaine shares how she learned that helping others doesn’t mean hurting yourself, and why turning to adults for guidance can be an essential step in recovery.

Thanks to TEDEd Student Talks and Elaine Russell.

Can Losing A Parent As A Child Spur Success?

The BBC posted this video with the slightly strange-sounding question; Why have so many leaders lost parents when they’re young? Despite this, I think the speakers in the video express themselves, and the idea behind the BBC’s question far better. You may be surprised to see some of the world leaders who have survived the tragedy of losing a parent and used the resilience grief brought them to benefit others.

Video via: BBC Ideas and BBC Stories.

NOTE: Sound is muted (by Facebook) by default. Please click the sound icon, under the picture to the right. This is why I rarely use Facebook videos.