Senior at Byng High School

Twitter: @brisanders19

Instagram: @brisan19

Our random ice breaker question for Bri was “do you ever talk to yourself and what do you say?”

Her response was: “It is my firm belief that if you do not talk to yourself, you are the crazy one. Usually, the things I say to myself are a little mean, but some of the nicer things consist of ‘do better’, ‘if this and this equals this, then clearly x has to equal…..’, and many more. It’s usually while I’m doing homework or playing tennis. While typing this post, I said: ‘no tummy, don’t make that noise.'”

Of course we also asked Bri what her favorite TED talk is.

“My favorite TED Talk I’ve listened to would be ‘How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over’ by Mel Robbins. I really liked this talk because I’m always afraid to take the leap to do what I want. Rejection and disappointment are my biggest fears in life, so chasing after my dreams has always been a thought that scares me. Her talk gave a lot of insight on why we do that and why you shouldn’t.”

As a preview for Bri’s talk on April 27th, she has provided us with a brief overlook of her topic:

“What do you think about when you hear the words ‘mental illness’? Is it something you’ve seen on a tv show? Something you’ve heard on the news? A lot of people have a misconception of mental illness and don’t realize that they are surrounded by mentally ill people in their daily lives. This is because of the stigma that surrounds those words. This stigma is one of the reasons it is so difficult to live with mental illness. You are never properly educated on what you have been diagnosed with. To live your best life, we have to combat the stigma and learn how mental illness really affects us. Diseases such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, or ADD are simply obstacles in our day to day lives. When we learn to get past our obstacles and not let them hold us back, we can live our best lives. I’m so excited to go further into this topic at TEDxYouth@OKC on April 27th. Be sure to watch if you’re interested in learning how to live with a mental illness while combating the stigma around it!”

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