Healing Is a Verb, 2017
“We cannot do much to escape the pain our illnesses inflict upon us—but with the words, we can tell our stories. We can ask questions, & we can listen with compassion to their answers. We can remind each other of the demons we have beaten over & over again. We can stand in solidarity against our illnesses. We can fight. We can hold each other close.”
Healing Is a Verb is a TEDx talk given at TEDxYouth@SAS 2017: Prism of Possibilities. It centres around narratives of mental disorders, & how we might find community & solace in reaching out to fellow sufferers of often-silenced & stereotyped illnesses. The talk explores Topaz Winters' journey with mental illness & shares the stories of mentally ill readers who have inspired & been inspired by her work. Healing Is a Verb has been watched 2000 times on Youtube; you can talk about it on social media using the hashtag #healingisaverb.