This week we talk to Kevin Breel about depression
Kevin Breel is a 21-year-old writer, comedian, and activist for mental health. His work has been featured by NBC, CBS, The Huffington Post, MTV, CNN, The Today Show, Mashable and The Wall Street Journal. His passionate TEDx talk entitled “Confessions of a Depressed Comic” went instantly viral online- amassing millions of viewers and being featured on more than 200+ media outlets. Mashable called it “one of the moments that brought the world together” and the Huffington Post said the talk was “simply amazing.”
As a comedian, he’s performed in venues all across the globe; including the House of Blues, Rogers Arena and the historic Colosseum. As a mental health activist, he’s a National Spokesperson for the Bell LET’S TALK Campaign and has been a guest speaker at Ivy League schools and billion dollar companies.
His first book, available now, is called Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live
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In This Interview Kevin and I Discuss…
- Still wrestling with depression
- His viral Ted talk
- Learning to build the skill set to handle depression
- Defining our emotional landscape
- The benefits of waking up early
- The power and stabilizing force of a routine
- The importance of honest conversations with others
Taking care of the physical body to help with depression
Learning to recognize when were taking a turn for the worse and knowing how to respond
Turning to our positive habits not only when things are good but when things start to go bad
Resisting the urge to hide or isolate when things go bad
The stigma of depression
That in order to do well we don’t have to ignore what’s wrong
The ridiculous expectations we put on ourselves regarding happiness
Allowing ourselves to have a human experience
How we are all on a spectrum of mental health
Not basing our identity on our mental health
How the less we talk about things the more alone we get
Running into our pain and sharing it versus running away
Kevin Breel Links
Kevin Breel Homepage
I LOVED this episode. I was working on getting out of a funk when I listened to it while running this last weekend. It’s going to be one I go back to on the regular.
Eric Zimmer says
Emily….I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that it was useful to you.