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The Impact of Listening: Kevin Berthia (Full Transcript)

Full text of suicide prevention advocate Kevin Berthia’s talk: The Impact of Listening at TEDxUCDavisSF conference.

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Kevin Berthia – Suicide survivor

How is everybody doing?

Let me first say how grateful I am to be here today, and let me say how honored I am to be in your presence.

My name is Kevin Berthia, and I am a grateful survivor.

Hal Lindsey said that:

“A man can live for about forty days without food, three days without water, eight minutes without air, but for just one second without hope.”

Listen to what I say; one second without hope.

I was diagnosed with a congenital mental depression disorder at age 19, but my battle with mental depression started as early as age five. Early in my childhood, I felt like I was the only one who grew up or lived without any type of happiness or hope when they woke up.

It was difficult for me when I grew up to cope with different things. I felt like I was different; I felt like I wasn’t normal. But I knew I had to do everything possible to look and feel as normal as I could.

Where I live, your reputation is everything. So I had to do whatever it took to look and feel as normal as I could look, no matter how I felt on the inside.

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