If The Walls Could Talk | Bianca McCall | TEDxWilmington

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Drugs and alcohol don’t kill. Mental health challenges don’t kill. Guns don’t kill. Silence kills. A person experiencing a substance use crisis- a person experiencing a mental health crisis – a person contemplating the abuse of power and violent acts with use of a firearm – all are having a conversation with themselves, that none of us know about. In fact we all go into a space to have the tough conversations with ourselves- where we handle life’s challenges alone; grief, losses, fear, pain, injury, confusion, and disappointment. A space where we beat ourselves up for ways we are insecure, for ways we cannot love ourselves, be forgiving of ourselves, and for ways we feel as though we are powerless, and we are not enough. We say things to ourselves in this space, which we vow to never repeat to another human being- not even our loved ones. If these walls we build in this space could talk, what would they say? Where is it safe to speak it? How does that conversation, begin? If these walls could talk- then and only then, are we truly breaking silence. In my talk, I will share the design and process for living on purpose and living out loud. Bianca D. McCall is a retired professional women’s basketball player, world renowned Keynote and TEDx Speaker, and a leader of a meaningful fashion campaign which promotes global well-being and charity, in partnership with Parisian Fashion House; pioneer for inclusion and diversity, Givenchy. Bianca is a Licensed Clinical Therapist with more than 25 years of social service in behavioral health, and suicide prevention. She is 11 years a healthcare CEO, health-tech entrepreneur and creator of the mobile application and program called Reach-In Now™. Bianca is an author, trainer, and certification specialist for the Centers for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT); at the University of Nevada, Reno. She holds board positions with the DDW- a group which encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Kentucky Derby; and affiliate Village Schools Organization; and is a contractor for the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Lived Experience Committee. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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