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Healing is a Verb | Topaz Winters | TEDxYouth@SAS

vor 2 Jahren

In this raw, poignant talk, Topaz Winters speaks of how she has tamed her mental illness through poetry. By sharing her poetry, she has helped readers around the world with their own struggles in mental illness, and she argues the need for art in revealing and healing this isolating experience.

Topaz Winters is a writer and junior at SAS. From ages 15 to 17, she was diagnosed in succession with depression, anxiety, hyperacusis, and OCD; through the years, she has used words both to guide her own healing process and reach out to the neurodivergent community she has found online. Her poetry, essays, and fiction at have been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the National YoungArts Foundation, profiled in The Huffington Post and Cicada Magazine, and read by millions around the world. Topaz is the author of Heaven or This (2016) and Monsoon Dream (Platypus Press, 2016), and the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize, America’s most prestigious literary award. She is grateful you’re here.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at