Sunday, March 18, 2012

Andrew Steward - Beating Mental Illness - TED Talks

Listen to Andrew's incredible story. Andrew's voice is scratchy throughout the talk. He explains that it is how reacts to the emotional intensity of this experience. He expressed that there was a time when he lost his voice completely for a period of two years. He holds tension in his throat.

Andrew Steward -- Beating Mental Illness

"When someone breaks their arm, we rush to sign their cast. When someone is diagnosed with mental illness, we run the other way."

Andrew Steward is a flute performance major at the University of Denver, excelling in school and planning a graduate education. But a chapter of his life included debilitating mental illness and tormenting hallucinations. Andrew bravely pulls mental illness out from under the rug so that we can erase the stigma and focus on helping people who are ill.

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