TEDxLinnaeusUniversity speaker Guy Winch is an expert in emotional first aid, and he thinks we should be, too. Yet, there is a stigma, he says, to dealing with psychological injuries like we do physical injuries: as something we all need to assess and treat.
No one would tell you, “Oh, it’s all in your head; just shake it off,” if you broke your leg, Winch says, yet — somehow — this is a normal thing to say to someone with depression. “‘Can you imagine saying that to somebody with a broken leg?” he says, “‘Oh, just walk it off — it’s all in your leg.’”
“How is it that we take more time taking care of our teeth than we do taking care of our mind?” Winch asks. “Why is it [that] our physical health is so much more important to us than our psychological health?”
“It’s time we close the gap between our physical and psychological health,” he says. “It’s time we made them equal.”
How? Watch Winch’s whole talk to learn more: