How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat | TEDxSnoIsleLibraries

Can we build a bridge across the divide to reach those we care about? Comedian storyteller Bill Bernat takes on the difficult topic of clinical depression. Depression is common, but most people are hesitant to talk to those challenged with the condition. After his own experience, Bill realized how important it was to be able to talk about his depression have a genuine with another person. Bill provides tips to the “bridge-curious” on what others living with this condition might find helpful. Responsible for strategy and operations for this fast-growing organization.

Led go-to-market (GTM) planning and execution in partnership with leadership team. Developed public relations design, and implemented, with agency. Coordinated event messaging, strategy and logistics for targeted events and large ones including Microsoft Ignite.

I love learning about people and their inner worlds. I work in technology and I enjoy what I do. I meditate badly, but consistently. Creativity is another key wellness activity for me. I’m a mental-health awareness advocate and share positive messages about life as a comedian, storyteller, playwright, actor and speaker. I live well with bipolar condition most of the time and I’ve overcome a few things such as overeating, addiction (nine years clean) and social anxiety. My greatest joy is watching people who are struggling emotionally find ways to beat personal demons and get glimpses of inner peace. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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