Why we choose suicide | Mark Henick | TEDxToronto

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The fifth annual TEDxToronto conference took place on September 26, 2013 at The Royal Conservatory of Music.

For our 2013 TEDxToronto Conference, all talks, performances and demos were rooted in our selected theme, "The Choices We Make."

About the Speaker:
Mark Henick is a mental health advocate. Informed by his direct experience with this aspect of the health care system, Mark has authored commentaries on issues relating to mental health for major newspapers across Canada and the U.S. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Philosophy, with a graduate degree in Child Development. At 22, he served as the youngest President of a provincial Canadian Mental Health Association division in history. He is the youngest member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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56 Kommentare

  1. Indrek Kursmann sagt:

    i don’t hope anymore , i wont try anymore , i’m done the date is set.. no more life , no sadness , no regret

  2. I think about suicide, I don’t see chance for happiness for me. I messed up my life and I don’t have strengh to figh anymore.

  3. Erik de Jong sagt:

    He explains it so good.

  4. Oksana Koprakova sagt:

    +chelsyee they’ll die at the age of 80 though. Thats the day to cobdemn them „you didnt stay alive, shame on you folks, I wanted to be proud of you“

  5. The Brilliant Savage sagt:

    Direct and well spoken

  6. Anne Schmidt sagt:

    Punished M8 lelelelelel

  7. TotalNick41 sagt:

    dudes buttons are about to pop off into the third row.. like damn, were they all out of mediums!? so ya had to go with the small!? ha

  8. Love 1234 sagt:

    zoey morrigan you obviously don’t understand what being in depression or having suicidal thoughts means. He may have felt alone or like no one understood him. Just cause many people loved him doesn’t mean he couldn’t feel the need to kill himself.

  9. Malena Sander sagt:

    zoey morrigan it is for the Most People who commited suicide. People feeling helpless watching People die or know that they commited it and they can nothing do about it. I think that’s one of the biggest fears you could have. Seeing a Person you love and care about dying and you can do nothing. But the people are dead in there minds long before they choose to commit suicide. We just need to make them happy and don’t let the Act of sucide in their heads.

  10. Peyton Stanich sagt:

    zoey morrigan but here’s where your wrong. Don’t act like you knew him and don’t assume things. He was loved by so many if not everyone before he killed himself. It was a huge shock when he did it. No one saw it coming.

  11. zoey morrigan sagt:

    I’m happy to see that the majority of comments and the top rated comments disagree with this comment. Suicide is the only answer for some people and you’ll never understand until you’re in that situation.

  12. zoey morrigan sagt:

    If he was truly loved by so many than he probably wouldn’t have actually killed himself. In reality he wasn’t loved by any and no one cared until after the fact he killed himself.

  13. pastelb l a a c sagt:

    tuckerwolf i feel like encouraging someone to take their life is the equivalent to killing them

  14. Punished M8 sagt:

    do a flip

  15. Carl Miles sagt:

    Nademir I don’t necessarily believe this production but I don’t think it’s impossible or improbable. Wthdik.

  16. some dont yell jump… the guy was not in his left shoulder and said jump. I cant believe you people actually buy this

  17. Kayla Dudley sagt:

    The most legitimate comment I have read.

  18. Eeyore Piglet sagt:

    I’m sorry, that’s not what I meant. I know it’s cruel. People want us to live in peace, and because they think can’t create peace, or it’s too difficult, they make sure we live.

  19. John Richards sagt:

    Suicide has a spiritual root. There are devils tormenting one’s soul day and night. They hear voices of condemnation and these voices are lies. The only way they think to escape is to take their own life. If they received prayer and counselling those devils tormenting their soul would be cast out and they would be cured. Some perish because of a lack of understanding regarding this issue.


  20. John Richards sagt:

    I’m sure he was battling his devils in silence. Devils tormented his soul day and night and he could never find rest. What a tragic end and a wasted life. His true potential was never realized. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  21. moonlight baby sagt:

    TurquoiseCrow no

  22. Bambieyes it’s a phrase for those coping with depression/suicidal thoughts. David Wong was my therapist. Have a seat.

  23. Bambieyes sagt:

    Victoria depression isn’t a feeling it’s an illness

  24. Alvin Gardner sagt:

    Not really resources are already scarce in many countries.
    Also world isn’t meant to support this many people.
    Then who understood them? You who never met him?

  25. mary ellwood sagt:

    Alvin… what you are saying is totally thoughtless and is said with absolutely no understanding or empathy of peoples feelings or their life experiences, grow up

  26. Nyny Lewis sagt:

    Alvin Gardner if you understood them, then you wouldn’t be saying what you just said

  27. Nyny Lewis sagt:

    Alvin Gardner everybody is different so what you are saying doesn’t apply to everybody in the world

  28. Alvin Gardner sagt:

    I know what they felt. They are weak willed people. There are no tigers or lions to weed them out anymore so this did the job. Again you all either living off of suicides or will live off suicides in future.

  29. Seamus Coiner i hope youre still alive, friend!! and I hope youre happy.

  30. what if he or she is your lover?

  31. ZanyInferno sagt:

    Shilpa Shivadasan what brought you here?.. cause the death of Chester has brought me here too…

  32. Hans Gruber sagt:

    I guess he was drunk and is not proud of it.

  33. cindy alfaro sagt:

    Papa Noel the voice inside of his mind said „jump, you coward“

  34. Andre Junior sagt:

    Alex King Whats up man, if you want, send me your email so we can get to know each other.It’s always nice to meet new people.

  35. Anthony J. Halling sagt:

    Thats the only reason i havent left this world because of family.

  36. Mr. Anengyst sagt:

    RAM Film Studios I’m not religious

  37. Alex King sagt:

    I want to go to sleep and never wake up

  38. „No feeling is final.“ – David Wong

  39. LikeTotallyDonut sagt:

    no. if i was his plain. id be fine.

  40. kumpustaz sagt:

    LikeTotallyDonut stupid

  41. Shilpa Shivadasan sagt:

    im here after chester bennington commited suicide … rip chester

  42. I hope that you’re aware that you sound exactly like the guy who told him to jump.

  43. Sarahnewks sagt:

    Peyton Stanich I’m sorry

  44. Seamus Coiner sagt:

    im so glad i found this video. literally saved my life, for however much its worth.

  45. RAM Film Studios sagt:

    To all those who are struggling with thoughts of suicide,

    YOU are created for a purpose.YOU are loved even when no one loves you. How? Because Jesus loves you! GOD loves you! The one who created the universe and who created you. He knows your name, your thoughts, your feelings. He knows you better than anyone in this world can. In fact, Jesus took on the world’s sin and died for us, rising again on the third day. He has given us the gift of eternal life which all of us can receive if we believe in him.

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, whoever believes in him will NOT perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

    He loves us all so much, our broken and imperfect world.

    I’m broken as much as all of you, struggling with other things. The only way we can be fixed is through Christ.

    (And I know many of you don’t believe in God. And I know some will scoff at this message. Some things in this world are hard to believe. But just know that I’m praying for you.)

    Here’s what the Bible says about suicide if you’re interested…

    Love you all!

  46. Jungkook The Fencing Man sagt:

    Dont be ridiculous dont you want to feel happy?

  47. LikeTotallyDonut sagt:

    I wish there was no such thing as emotion. Because if there wasn’t. We wouldn’t be suicidal.

  48. Peyton Stanich sagt:

    My friend killed himself two months ago today. I never understood why because he was so loved by many. Thank you for this. Thank you for answering my questions about why he’d want to leave. I miss him.

  49. Polina Sabina sagt:

    I’ve never attempted suicide, although I’ve considered it a LOT of times, been too close, specially as a depressed teenager, some 10 years ago now. The only thing that stops me is my mum. My Dad. My brother, who’s not little anymore but will always be my little brother. My godfather. And I know the day my mother is gone I’ll have 75% less reasons to stay alive.
    I’ve never attempted suicide, but I don’t know why I almost cried at the end of this video.

  50. Warren Chambers passive suicide ideation

  51. Papa Noel sagt:

    Whoever yelled „Jump, you coward!“ needs to be burned at a stake.

  52. Warren Chambers sagt:

    I do not wanna kill myself but if I dropped dead that’s ok. Am I suicidal?

  53. Nefeli anonymous sagt:

    „Suicide doesnt stop the pain, it just passes it on someone else.“ Thats the quote that kept me alive and i am still here today…

  54. fuki yuki sagt:

    fk that guy that said jump you coward

  55. TurquoiseCrow sagt:

    Woah woah woah, wait one minute. There are people in this comment section saying that suicide is the only way out. Promoting suicide. That is not, and never will be, ok. Suicide is never, ever the answer. People need to know that they’ll get better. Maybe life won’t get better, maybe it’ll get worse, then better, then worse once more. But that’s just life. Suicide isn’t selfish, but neither is wanting to keep a person alive. I was suicidal not to long ago and for me it wasn’t about my situation or the people around me. It was myself, I hated myself. I thought that every bad thing that ever happened to me was my own fault and that I was burden to the people around. I thought that killing myself would stop the pain and that world would be better off without me. But I was wrong, you are alive for a reason, you have a purpose, you are wonderful in so many ways, terrible in so many others, but being flawed is what makes us human. And to be human is to try, to live, to be happy or sad, to have good times and bad times. You are not a problem or an error you’re a human being and you deserve to stay alive.

  56. Cameron A. sagt:

    How many people here because thinking about suicide?

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