Pre-thinking:

The death of Robin Williams has shocked many. Being one of the funniest people of all time did not protect him from his personal demons. While he is not available to shed light on his pain and suffering, there is a TED TALK by comedian, Kevin Breel that addresses this seemingly paradoxical issue. In a review, the Huffington Post said, “If someone in your life suffers from depression, you need to watch this video. If you don’t think anyone in your life suffers from depression, you need to watch this video — because you may not realize it if they do.”

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Why you should listen:

Concerning this widely popular TED TALK, Breen said, “I had gotten to a point where I no longer felt afraid of who I was or the fact that I deal with depression. I no longer felt ashamed or embarrassed by it. It can be really hard and exhausting to keep sharing my story onstage, but ultimately, I know that has the potential to help people. And that’s all that matters to me”.

Who is he:

As a teenager, Kevin Breel almost took his own life. His story, so powerfully told in his viral TEDxYouth Talk, gives voice to an often silent struggle and offers a message of hope.

As Jack Knox writes in the Times Colonist : His story, abbreviated, is this: He grew up in Cadboro Bay, a popular kid, fun at parties, English and drama awards, always on the honor roll, captain of the Lambrick Park basketball team when it was ranked No. 1 in the province. Under it all was the other him, the kid who plunged into depression at age 13 when his best friend died in a car crash.

Breel now speaks out about his own depression, with a mission of helping kids his age realize they’re not alone.

Making Connections:

Confessions of a depressed comic with Kevin Breel

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