“I’m Fine…”

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As part of MHA’s ‘I’m Fine’ campaign, they hit the streets to ask people how they were. How do you think they responded? MHA’s recent study of 2,000 adults revealed that the average adult will say “I’m fine” 14 times per week. Yet only 19% actually mean it. We want people to open up about their feelings and bring back meaning …

Physical activity and mental wellbeing…

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We all know that being active is vital to physical health. It lowers blood pressure, increases energy levels, helps with relaxation and improves your health in general. But did you know that staying active can also help our mental wellbeing? https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/videos/physical-activity-and-mental-wellbeing

What Hallucination Reveals About Our Minds…

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Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnet syndrome — when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heart-warming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.

Break the silence for suicide survivors…

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Even when our lives appear fine from the outside, locked within can be a world of quiet suffering, leading some to the decision to end their life. At TEDYou, JD Schramm asks us to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts, and to create much-needed resources to help people who reclaim their life after escaping death. Additional Resources: http://t.co/wsNrY9C

The mental health benefits of storytelling for health care workers…

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Health care workers are under more stress than ever before. How can they protect their mental health while handling new and complex pressures? TED Fellow Laurel Braitman shows how writing and sharing personal stories helps physicians, nurses, medical students and other health professionals connect more meaningfully with themselves and others, and make their emotional well-being a priority.

How to start a conversation about suicide…

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Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide, but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he’s on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In this deeply personal talk, Forbes shares his approach to helping a group of traditionally …

How caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep…

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Caffeine wakes you up, and alcohol makes you nod off, right? It’s not that simple. Sleep scientist Matt Walker takes us into the eye-opening ways that these drinks affect the quantity and quality of our sleep.

Your body language may shape who you are…

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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence and might have an impact on our chances for success. A really insightful, thought provoking and empowering …

What causes hallucinations?

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A condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome can cause blind patients to hallucinate scenes in vivid colour. fMRI studies show that these hallucinations activate the same brain areas as sight — areas that are not activated by imagination. Other hallucinations also involve the same brain areas as real sensory experiences. What’s going on? Elizabeth Cox details the science of hallucinations in …

What is consciousness?

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Patient P.S. suffered a stroke that damaged the right side of her brain, leaving her unaware of everything on her left side. If someone threw a ball at her left side, she might duck. But she wouldn’t have awareness of the ball or know why she ducked. Where does consciousness come from? Michael Graziano explores the question that has vexed …