At a recent TEDxYouth event, 19-year-old Kevin Breel stood up in front of the audience and said “I suffer from depression.” In the 11 minute viral video, shown below, this emerging stand-up comedian explained what it felt like to grow up with a mental illness.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” TED’s mission is to provide a variety of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances (given live, or through TED Talks from TED.com) on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – “and to provoke conversations that matter.”
Kevin Breel’s speech on teen mental illness is no exception. Kevin recognizes that mental health issues like depression rarely given the attention they deserve. He says “Unfortunately we live in a world where when you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast. But if you tell people you’re depressed, everyone runs the other way. That’s the stigma. We are so so so accepting of any body part breaking down, other than our brains.”
Kevin’s TED video coincides with this week’s National Depression Screening Day on October 10, 2013. National Depression Screening Day raises awareness and screens people for depression and anxiety disorders. It is the oldest community based effort to assess for depression and provide referrals for treatment. As a part of Birmingham Maple Clinic’s effort to educate the community on depression and other mental health issues, BMC therapist, Carrie Krawiec, LMFT, and Clinic Director, Lori Edelson, LMSW, LMFT, will be featured as experts on Detroit’s Fox 2 News on Thursday October 10, 2013 to speak on Teen Depression and Bullying, respectively.
Kevin’s moving presentation highlighted that many teens feel ashamed and embarrassed about their depressed mood and thus, may be hiding their symptoms. If you are concerned that your adolescent may be depressed you may value from scheduling an appointment with a highly trained therapist. To make an appointment at Birmingham Maple Clinic visit www.birminghammaple.com or call (248) 646-6659.
To learn more about TED visit www.ted.com
For information about National Depression Screening Day go to www.mentalhealthscreening.org
To view the Fox 2 News clips featuring Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists once they air click www.myfoxdetroit.com