TED Thursday: Understanding mental illness through empathic storytelling

Every Thursday I will be choosing and posting a TED Talk that I think should be shared with you. I will not go at length about the benefits of it; they speak for themselves! Instead, I will provide you with the quick presentation blurb for it from TED Talk. You take it from here! This week, the TED Talk I choose to share with you is:

Understanding mental illness through empathic storytelling
with Jake Morgan and Neal Walia at TEDxOU

Jake Morgan and Neal Walia are seeking to show the power of shared experience and how it can bring light to the emotions and thoughts we might never express.

To share your story or contact Jake and Neal, send an email to openheartou@gmail.com.

Both pre-med juniors at the University of Oklahoma, Jake and Neal see the inherent value of empathy not only in the occupation of a physician but also in our everyday interactions. Jake is a microbiology and Italian double major who dedicates his time to teaching his peers organic chemistry and the Italian language. When he’s not living and breathing peer education, he loves to “couchsurf” around Europe while honing his Italian. Jake plans to teach medical students in the future as a physician with the hope of communicating the significance of empathy in patient-physician interactions. Neal is studying psychology and hopes to utilize the principles in this field to connect with his future patients. A health fanatic, Neal is constantly active whether its break dancing or running around with Siberian husky, Boomer.

Mental disorders awareness is a very important thing to me. So I chose this TED Talk this week because these two guys are aiming to create a change in the world, even if it’s at a small scale. Here is their blog Open heart, Open Mind. I am not certain it’s still actually active, but the posts are there, so what they aim for can continue.

 

 

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