The case for wellness in schools: A TED Talk

Kaitlyn Flanagan


Having connections to people is quite crucial in the mental health area. Everyone has a story that makes them who they are. Sometimes life gets people down and all they need is for someone to help them get back on their feet with their kind words. Even the smallest number of words said can change someone’s life greatly and for the better.

Antonio Castro is a professional mental health manager whose job is to educate upcoming professionals on how to connect. Through his work, he hopes that he can shed light on suicide and mental health to help teachers understand what to do so teachers can make a connection with their students.

Castro said, “You don’t have to be a mental health professional, you don’t have to be a therapist to make an impact on a young person…. To make an impact on the wellness of our youth is to make an attempt to connect.”

Castro uses a tree to symbolize mental health in his TED Talk. Each part of the tree is a representation of mental health. He uses the branches and leaves, the trunk, and the roots to help get his point across.

Teachers don’t always have the right things to say to a student but Castro emphasized that just trying to make a connection is worth way more to someone than not trying.

“Kind words and gestures can go a long way towards emotional wellness.”

Castro successfully taught other people how to connect to students and his story is beautiful. His TED talk is worth checking out.