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How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat | TEDxSnoIsleLibraries

Can we build a bridge across the divide to reach those we care about? Bill Bernat, comedian and storyteller, tackles the topic of clinical depression. Although depression is not uncommon, most people avoid talking to someone who has it. Bill’s own experiences with depression led him to realize how important it is to be able talk to someone about the condition and to have a real connection with them. Bill offers tips for the “bridge-curious” about what other people with this condition may find useful. This fast-growing company’s marketing strategy and operations is his responsibility.

In partnership with the leadership team, led go-to market (GTM) planning. With agency, developed and implemented public relations strategies. Coordinated the messaging, strategy, and logistics of targeted events as well as large events like Microsoft Ignite.

It is a joy to learn about people and their inner lives. I love what I do and work in technology marketing. I meditate often, though not very well. Creativity is another important activity in my wellness routine. As a comedian, storyteller and actor, I share positive messages about mental health. I am able to live with bipolar disorder most of the day and have overcome addictions (nine years clean) as well as social anxiety. It is my greatest joy to see people struggling with emotional issues find ways to overcome their demons and gain a glimpse of inner peace. This talk was delivered at a TEDx event that used the TED conference format, but was organized locally by a community. Find out more at x

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