mental health | January 09, 2018

In Treating Depression, We Need More Than Drugs. Johann Hari’s Lost Connections Proposes a New Path

The new book by speaker Johann Hari already has a fan in Hillary Clinton, who says that “Lost Connections offers a wonderful and incisive analysis of the depression and alienation that are haunting American society.” 

Based on this just-published excerpt in The Guardian, Hari’s latest has the ability to not just change the way we think about depression and alienation, but how we treat it. “We all know that every human being has basic physical needs: for food, for water, for shelter, for clean air. It turns out that, in the same way, all humans have certain basic psychological needs. We need to feel we belong. We need to feel valued. We need to feel we’re good at something. We need to feel we have a secure future. And there is growing evidence that our culture isn’t meeting those psychological needs for many — perhaps most — people.”


Drawing on international research and diverse studies, Hari proposes a simple but radical premise: as depression and anxiety rates rise around the world, maybe we need to look at the causes of mental illness beyond our own brains. His previous book, the bestselling Chasing the Scream, similarly penetrated our beliefs surrounding addiction. To Hari, the cure is in solving systemic problems of isolation and poverty — a shift from the War on Drugs to a campaign of connection. 


As a keynote speaker, Hari’s authentic, personal, and deeply researched insights into addiction and mental illness consistently bring audiences to their feet, as he did in his viral TED Talk.

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari


The Lavin Agency is proud to represent speakers at the forefront of mental health research. Johann Hari’s remarkable work to widen the conversations we have about depression dovetails with that of speaker and author Emily Esfahani Smith, whose book The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters examines the ways we can live a more enriched life.

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