How poetry saved my life Jaspreet Kaur

Jaspreet performs two moving poems about her experiences with poor mental health. She talks about her background, community and how the power of words gave her the confidence to overcome personal hurdles and face the world.

Jaspreet Kaur, better known as Behind the Netra for her poetry is a spoken word artist from East London. By day, she is a History teacher, with an academic background in both History and Gender Studies.

Her work aims to tackle issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, decolonisation and more. Over the last year she has performed at different shows all around the UK. Recently she performed at the NHS annual conference and spoke at TEDxUCLWomen. It’s been an incredible year for Behind the Netra, being in the national #thriveon advert with Idris Elba and working with the UN on the HeforShe campaign. The end of 2016 brought Behind the Netra the title of one of the Top 10 Inspirational Sikh Women in the UK. She has now been shortlisted for the Asian Women of the Year award by Women of the Future in the Arts and Culture category and a National Diversity Award for being a Positive Role model for her work in poetry and teaching.

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