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What If?


"What If" by Craig A. Miller is a great spoken word poetry video about surviving a suicide attempt.

Powerful and eloquent, his is a relatable, moving, and inspiring story for many people.

Craig A. Miller shares his story in more detail in a book, "This is How it Feels: A Memoir of Attempting Suicide and Finding Life."

This book is recommended to learn more about suicide and recovery from a lived experience perspective. It has received nearly-all five...
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Basics of Emotions in an Animation


"Alfred and Shadow" is a short animation about Alfred the owl, his Shadow, and the emotions he experiences.

An easily digestible film, it shares the basics about types of emotions, and their functions. Shame, fear, sadness, anger, disgust, happiness, and surprise are described as well as how to cope with those feelings.

Good advice (including therapeutic skills) and good education in a neat video...
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Understanding and Healing from Family Violence


 

In "Clear Skies," an excellent animated video from the Healthy Aboriginal Network, family violence is explained as an issue of intergenerational trauma, while at the same time victims are encouraged to find safety and heal.

A Canadian production, still there are dynamics that apply to similar situations in many cultures.

If you are in an abusive relationship, you can find help and support in the Hot Peach Pages, an international directory of domestic violence agencies....
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Honesty about Dishonesty


Popular behavioural economist Dan Ariely explains how people can be dishonest and honest at the same time. Rationalization and small actions lead people to accept themselves as good people and feed their ego gratification, even while they may commit small acts of dishonesty.

Ariely explains through the results of science experiments and social psychology, big cheaters and crimes are far less common than we might think - it's the cumulative effect of many small acts of cheating that really...
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‘To This Day’ Live at TED


Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan gives a live performance of "To This Day" in a TED Talk. Accompanied by a violinist, as well as the crowdsourced animation from the viral video (with million views and counting), Shane also gives a longer introduction with more talk about bullying and growing up.

Rousing, touching, funny and sad, this is a beautiful performance that received a standing ovation. Transcript available in nine languages.

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To This Day: Recovering from Bullying


Heartwrenching and visually exquisite, "To This Day" is an animated journey into the effects of bullying.

Mental health problems, long lasting impacts on self-esteem, and other consequences result from bullying in youth. But as well as exploring those themes in touching ways, this video inspires people to recover and look to their own beauty. A great way to begin an anti-bullying conversation from the perspective of recovery instead of empty "end bullying" sloganeering, this video immediately went viral, with...
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ADHD Animation


ADHD and Me

Children's voices come to life in animation as they describe symptoms of ADHD and what it's like to have treatment.

The VOICES (Voices On Identity, Childhood, Ethics & Stimulants) study involved 150 children in the United States and the United Kingdom. The film uses clips from the actual interviews with the children. They describe what it's like to take Ritalin, how they feel, and what improvements they experience. It also describes downsides. Stigma is another issue tackled.

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Brain Awareness Video Contest People’s Choice Award – Vote Now


Using Your Brain

- The Society for Neuroscience's annual Brain Awareness Video Contest has already chosen a winner, but ten videos still have a chance to win $500 and recognition at the society's New Orleans conference with the People's Choice Award. These videos were created by scientists to communicate their knowledge of the brain, and voting is open to the general public.

In my personal favourite, Using Your Brain, Montreal neuroscientist Kenneth Stephen Dyson works with his...
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