My StorySlam winning story I shared at The Moth.
I help college students find belonging and tackle loneliness. In the past few years, loneliness has come to the forefront as an important issue. In fact, a 2018 study by Cigna reports "Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone." Former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called loneliness an "epidemic."
My passion is in connecting with college students, as adults 18 to 22 report the highest rates of loneliness. In my talk, I share my personal experiences with a lack of belonging. I also speak on the importance of combating loneliness in our society and means by which listeners can make connections.
My presentation also addresses the role that mental health issues--depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, eating disorders--can play in leaving us feeling lonely.
I'm available to speak to freshmen orientations, student mental health groups, campus activities organizations, and many others! I'd love to share my talk at your school and help your students find a sense of belonging in what can often be a terribly confusing time of their lives.
If you're interested in having me speak at your college or university, send me a message.
"Your talk...allowed audience members to connect with your experience and see how it relates to their own. I hope that we can do another event with you in the future!" --President, Active Minds club, Northeastern University
"It was great to hear from an individual who struggled with loneliness and mental illness and see that there is hope and life can get better. It’s inspiring to hear Kurt's story and see how far he has come."--Active Minds club member, Northeastern University
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