mental health | September 19, 2019

Johann Hari's New, Viral TED Talk Explores Different Solutions for Our Increasingly Anxious and Depressed Society

Drawing on international research, personal experience and diverse studies, Johann Hari’s new TED Talk—instantly viral with over 600,000 views in less than 24 hours—proposes a radical premise: that the causes of mental illness lie beyond our own brains—and so do its solutions. 


An award-winning investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections, Hari is known for his thoughtful, holistic approach to the modern phenomenon of widespread depression, anxiety and loneliness.


“If you're depressed or anxious, you're not weak and you're not crazy—you're a human being with unmet needs,” Hari says. It’s not simply a matter of medicating a chemical imbalance, though there are very real biological factors contributing to mental illness, we need to take a new approach and assess what the pain is actually trying to tell us. What social and environmental factors could be affecting us? What can we do not only to change them, but engage with them to forge a new direction, and create meaningful connections? It’s time for an innovative approach to treating mental illness, and Hari is a prominent voice leading the way.

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