Watch the whole talk here»

Almost 20 years ago, writer Andrew Solomon fell into a deep depression. In this talk from TEDxMet, he speaks eloquently and openly about his struggle with “the family secret we all share,” but that no one wants to talk about. If you are a human or know a human, you have to watch this talk, but — be warned — you might just find yourself in tears.

In this gut-wrenching talk, Sergeant Andrew Chambers shares the haunting story of his time in Iraq and the tough transition home that landed him in jail. It’s a powerful testimony to the struggle our soldiers face when they come home, and the tragic ways that they can be denied the help they need. 

For any veterans who need help, you can find a list of resources here. Among them, the Wounded Warrior Project does outstanding work with wounded vets. 

For anyone looking to support a veteran, we encourage you to heed Chambers’s advice: "Find a veteran and listen to his story. A lot of us just need somebody to talk to." 

Watch the full talk here.


"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality."  Andrew Solomon, TEDxMet

Another one of our favorite quotes from the TEDxMet event on Saturday, October 19. Andrew Solomon’s full talk will be online soon!
Also, the quote was handwritten by our very own Nadia Goodman, the one who edits stuff for the internet. 5th grade handwriting class FTW.

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality."  Andrew Solomon, TEDxMet

Another one of our favorite quotes from the TEDxMet event on Saturday, October 19. Andrew Solomon’s full talk will be online soon!

Also, the quote was handwritten by our very own Nadia Goodman, the one who edits stuff for the internet. 5th grade handwriting class FTW.