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.


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