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The Mental Health System – A Call for Change | Nora Blum | TEDxZurich



Nora shines a light on the realities of the mental healthcare system. She contrasts the medical treatment expectations for those in physical pain with those suffering from depression. Can we start to re-frame the perception of mental health needs, and their solutions? Nora’s experiences give us a positive affirmation.

Nora is the founder and CEO of the startup Selfapy, an online psychotherapy program,which gives people suffering from mental illness the chance to get help immediately. Prior to founding Selfapy, Nora studied Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She worked in psychiatric hospitals, clinics and the company builder Rocket Internet. It is Nora’s goal to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and eventually create a world in which people think differently about mental health.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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  1. ….5 months…sadly she was lucky. I was waiting almost a year and half just for a 1st appoint. Take a guess how many mental health doctors are in New Hampshire…..1. just 1 doctor. Soon to be 0. He has leukemia and can no longer help. I had 5 appointments to get in and each time my appointment was pushed back due to him being unable to make it because of his health and in 2 months is done. Theres not 1 person to replace him. So after waiting well over a year for a apointment. To then get it and told they're gone in 2 months and since they are that they don't feel comfortable to start any treatment since they are leaving and can't build a relationship to see what the best plan for treatment will be and can't just give info to another doctor and even if they did try to start medications it can take years for medication to take effect cus they have to start with the lowest dosage and gradually increase dosage. Which is no guarantee it works at all. So you can spend a year or two just to find out you need to start another one and do the same thing. So if I'm lucky, by the time I'm 90 I'll finally find a treatment that works for me…..
    If the depression itself wasn't bad enough. Pretty much being told theres no hope. I'm not rich and can just move somewhere else to find a doctor. I wish I never even bothered to go in cuz at least I thought there was some kind of hope. I don't wanna sound like a negative Nancy. But it is what it is. It's pretty crazy going to set up an appointment and originally was 3 months for the next available opening…there's that many People out there with mental health issues. What does that tell you

  2. I'm so happy you shared this. I am going through the exact same thing. Was shocked to find out that there is no help! Doesn't make sense. Only doing more harm for to the patient who is already suffering and us as a community! Well said! Thank you

  3. Beautifully said, Thank you.
    Mental Illness is a long way from being an illness that doesn't involve shame, I am a psych nurse and I suffer with depression.

    I was ashamed when I was in the hospital. I felt embarrassment having my peers my co-workers, my friends care for me.
    Would I have been experiencing the same emotions if I was hospitalized for cancer? Certainly not, but depression is seen as a weakness more than an Illness, especially when you are the patient. I still fight even though I would prefer to die. I keep fighting, holding on another day, one more month, just another year… I am sure that a treatment will soon be made that will make me feel better. I'm sure. I just hope that when I finally feel like coming out in the light again that someone is there waiting for me. I hope that everyone I know hasn't abandoned me. I have just about used up all whom I know, they have given enough of themselves and some now hide.

  4. the arabic muslims rent us mentally ill people one thousand times better apartments no bugs and every thing works safe and decent apartments i love teh arabic muslims i lived in usa for many years i never experience extremely good people like the arabic muslims

  5. So krass Wort für Wort auswendig gelernt und wie in einem Theaterstück vorgetragen. Der Schmerz den ich beim Zuschauen empfinde ist sogar im fMRI erkennbar…

  6. THIS WOMAN IS A LIAR THE MENTAL HEALTH INDUSTRY HAS CAUSED UNTOLD MISERY TO BILLIONS OF PEOPLE FOR OVER 500 YEARS! YES THEY HAVE HELPED ALOT OF PEOPLE AS WELL! I GOT BOTH HELP BUT ALSO DEHUMAZING ABUSE! START LOOKING AT ALL THE SELFISH LAZY COWARDLY MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS START LISTENING TO GOOD REAL PSYCHOTHERAPISTS! PSYCHATRISTS ALREADY MAKE A FORTUNE HOW MUCH MORE MONEY DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD BE PAID 200 HUNDRED GRAND A YEAR IS NOT ENOUGH?

  7. One of these days I plan to be apart of the change we need to have in the mental health system, care, and how we view it. It’s totally unfair and harmful in this state. Do you know how critical a “healthy” mental is??? And how many ppl are suffering or just being effect daily. I want to be in a position to help, make changes, and open eyes. Saddening bc our minds are the most powerful thing we have and we treat it like it does not matter. We put physical health higher in rank not knowing that mental and physical health go hand in hand. Everything is everything. I really gotta get started with changing these things.

  8. this is when you depend on everything on the government,

  9. "People run away from you" 😂😂😂😂 That's if you have it good. There's stigma, there's alienation, there's ignorance.

  10. She forgot those who commit suicide by mass murder.

  11. I've spent over 2 years fighting for help and now I don't trust the system and I am unable to leave my home and no help to even bring me food. I'm laying here with nothing as I type this and NO ONE CARES!! Death is what people are waiting for.

  12. This fall in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020. Hence Afropsych has embarked on Mental Health First Aid Training in Nigeria. This starts in Abuja at the Crystal Palace Hotel on 18-19 August 2017. I congratulate Nora Blum, and wish great success in her efforts to assist distressed people out there. A stitch in Time Saves Nine.

  13. It's very naive to think that she genuinely has the interests of mental health patients on her mind. She is clearly driven by her desire to establish herself in the startup scene with her commercial venture. She is career-oriented and wants to gain status and money, rather than being patient-oriented. She's the kind of person who doesn't feel ashamed of using health issues as a vehicle to enrich herself, which is getting more common these days.

    She uses emotions and her university credentials to sell a product (Selfapy) and some naive fools are easily tricked by that, because they blindly trust anyone who holds a university degree from a renown institution.

    Isn't it obvious that her overly emotional way of telling her narrative is at least dubious, especially when she ends up her presentation marketing her business venture?

  14. Nora it is appalling how prices and the suffering is so difficult. we need advocacy for mental health. Thank you Nora

  15. This entire industry is truly saddening – how can we possibly reduce the stigma of what we are calling 'mental illness'?

    When I see those words mental illness, I think of a person suffering not because they are mentally ill or 'disordered' but because they are responding as would most everyone else having their experience by communicating their distress about the harms the world/culture is doing to them or has done to them or both.

    Yet we pathologise the individual, we label, drug and apply models of talk therapy to ourselves anything but help us see and understand what it is about our world/culture that is harming us? no we 'treat' the person to have them fit right back in with those cultural disorders leaving us all utterly vulnerable to those many, varied and mostly hidden harms.

    cultural disorder recast as personal illness – the mark of a sick society in need of healing itself.

  16. Doctors are not stupid they know what they are doing
    Some people fake depression or other mental illness to attract attention
    Doctors study very hard in Universities to recognise those who fake and those who suffer for real
    The problem is not the doctors, it's down to the same patient's peer's ignorance; they tend to bully whoever they consider different and inferior
    I suggest this girl finishes her University before accusing doctors of being insensitive

  17. Beautifully said, well done Nora Blum. I hope selfopy raises greater awareness in mental health. Meditate, moralise and be wise my friends

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