How I’ve dealt with my depression by talking to people | Harry Stuurman | TEDxYouth@BSN

How I’ve dealt with my depression by talking to people | Harry Stuurman | TEDxYouth@BSN

Learn the number one thing that helped Harry Stuurman overcome depression. Growing up feeling like you’re different from everyone else, or that you’re the only one feeling the way you do, is a common part of the teenage experience. This is especially true for today’s young people, growing up surrounded by a constant whirl of social pressure in the form of social media. But for Harry, feeling different has had a far greater impact on his life. In this talk at TEDxYouth@BSN he shares his raw experiences and his lessons learned.

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Harry works in the IT Department at The British School in the Netherlands. His computer skills, warm smile and sense of humour make him popular with staff and students alike. Harry has suffered from depression and related mental health issues for the past 20 years. Growing up in the Netherlands as part of a religious family, Harry first realised around the age of 14 that a big part of why he had such a strong feeling of being different was because he was attracted to boys.

“Breaking the Mould” is the second TEDxYOUTH event organised by The British School in the Netherlands. Speakers explore ideas around ‘If I could lead for a day…’, ‘Tackling tough truths’ and ‘Invitations for Change’.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, were x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).

Harry works in the IT Department at The British School in the Netherlands. His computer skills, warm smile and sense of humor make him popular with staff and students alike.

Harry has suffered from depression and related mental health issues for the past 20 years. Growing up in the Netherlands as part of a religious family, Harry first realized around the age of 14 that a big part of why he had such a strong feeling of being different was because he was attracted to boys. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at x

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