Watch the TEDxSaxionUniversity 2013 talks ‘The Mental Illness Roundabout’

Kim Helmus‘Stigma, what’s your attitude’
Kim explains during her talk that we all experience emotions; panic, frustrations, sadness, but as soon as this is happens to someone else we find it hard to cope with their emotions. In particular if these people also carry a mental illness disorder. During her work at the GGZ (mental healthcare), Kim encountered questions of patients after they recovered from their mental illness. They asked what they could do in order to be accepted again by society. Kim went abroad to gather the experiences of professors, experts in the field and project leaders. The most important lesson with which she returned home was: try to make people feel connected with each other. We have to let go of the distinction between “we” and “they”, we are all occasionally psychologically unbalanced. This was a very inspirational first talk thanks to Kim Helmus!

Performer Viktor Staudt ‘The story of my suicide attempt’
Viktor has written a book about his personal experiences with depression which led to his own suicide attempt. He survived, but he lost both of his legs. He talks about the shame he had to overcome before he was able to publish his book. With his book he hopes to do something about the taboo against suicide, as well as provide people that cope with suicidal tendencies an alternative and the ability to identify themselves with his story. In addition, there also has to be paid attention to prevention. Discussions about suicide in the media can result in an increase in suicides; also called the Werther effect. Talking about suicidal feelings can on the other hand lead to prevention. Viktor ended up receiving antidepressants from his doctor and the result was earthshaking: the panic attacks disappeared and the urge to start the day was back. We are very happy with this genuine and impressive story by Viktor!

Performers Ellen Spanjers and Door Hooijer ‘Is There a stich loose?’
From our own experience, we know how hard it is to talk about an issue with as many taboos as mental health and to create some form of understanding. We address the subject with passion, humor and engage people into conversation about things they normally don’t talk about. Psychological problems: what does that mean to you? Add quality to your life: How do you do that? With the help of our game “A stich loose” we will try to give you an insight into the universe of someone with mental health issues, make it debatable and tackle misconceptions.

Performer Ine Spuls ‘A square is not round’
Ine Puls was active in social care and homeless shelters when she encountered homeless people that had to leave the streets. They asked: why do we have to leave? This gave her the idea that we should not ask questions and wait for the answers, but we should react to an event. She created a platform to discuss the problems that exist between the client and society. The client has to take over control and focus on the institutions, rather than the other way around. Only then they will achieve their goals. Like Ine says: “do, feel, stumble, but do not give away your control, do not ask questions but face the reaction”.