Shedding Light on Student Depression | Jack Park | TEDxPenn

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"For every 20 suicide attempts, 19 of these attempts are unsuccessful. Fortunately, Jack Park is one of these 19. In this talk, he shares his story of living with a mental disorder and revisits ways he found love and hope. He shows us the world of mental illness in a new light, so we can begin addressing issues associated with suicide, depression, and other preventable mental disorders.

From Seoul, South Korea, Jack Park recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. In his freshman year, Park's biopsychosocial vulnerability developed into a full mental disease, which paralyzed and nearly ended his life. He recovered eventually—after receiving unending parental love, spiritual beliefs, and psychiatric treatment. Thereafter, Park wrote a blog post that went viral about his diagnosis and the need to prioritize and provide support for mental health on college campuses. His effort was featured on over 19 publications including USA Today and Huffington Post Live. Jack Park has also spoken at dozens of campus events seeking to highlight mental wellness.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at"


"For someone who is really depressed just getting through the day is a massive achievement. Anything we do on top of it should make us really proud of ourselves."


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