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.

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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.

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Ruben Meerman | The Mathematics Of Weight Loss

When somebody loses weight, where does the fat go? Confused? You aren’t alone. In these modern times, obesity is one of the most pressing health issues plaguing the world. Millions of people have struggled with weight loss.

In his simple yet effective talk, Ruben Meerman utilises fun chemistry demonstrations and simple mathematics to give listeners an easy-to-understand explanation about where fat goes and the only proven way to lose it. Continue Reading

Dr Giulia Enders | Charming bowels

Dr Giulia Enders takes us inside the complex, fascinating science behind it, including its connection to mental health. It turns out, looking closer at something we might shy away from can leave us feeling more fearless and appreciative of ourselves.

Dr Enders is best known, internationally, as the author of Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ, which was written and published during her medical studies asks, Ever wonder how we poop? Learn about the gut — the system where digestion (and a whole lot more) happens.

For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ, but it turns out that it’s responsible for more than just dirty work: our gut is at the core of who we are. Continue Reading

Helen M Farrell: What Is Depression?

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten per cent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

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