JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide survivors

Posted: July 6, 2011 in Behaviour, Ethics, Health, Mental Health, Society
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I’ve just stumbled upon an incredibly moving and courageous TED talk by Prof. JD Schramm on suicide survivors.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery.

The strapline on this video states: ‘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’.

Watch JD Schramm’s remarkable talk below, where he tackles taboos and stigma head-on, courtesy of youtube:

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