Stand-up comedian David Granirer provides an entertaining but real look at mental health in his keynote speeches. Suffering from depression, David found his coping mechanism in comedy. He founded Stand Up for Mental Health in 2004, which taught comedy to recuperating addicts, cancer survivors and those with mental health issues. It is an award-winning program.
He has since collaborated with mental health organizations to train Stand Up for Mental Health groups in more than 50 cities in the U.S., Australia, and Canada. David and his team have received invitations to perform at hundreds of shows coordinated by the military, governmental departments, mental health organizations, universities, correctional facilities and corporations.
Awards include an Award of Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health. His work was featured in Crack-Up and Passionate Eye, both award-winning documentaries.
David knows the struggles with depression as he began to feel it during his teens. He spiraled downward into alcoholism, then into drugs, and then tried to kill himself by overdosing. Davide was in a psych ward for six weeks and shares the ordeal with audiences.
He said he felt so flawed because there wasn’t awareness on mental health issues and people suffered in silence. He has since used comedy to talk about such issues and that is followed by others, which has helped him feel like he isn’t alone.
David authored the book The Happy Neurotic, How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success. He is also available for virtual presentations. Both types of keynotes will leave people both laughing and with a deeper understanding of achieving mental health.
Stand Up For Mental Health Comedy Show: Changing Lives One Laugh At a Time!
What’s so funny about mental health? As far as Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH) is concerned – everything! Founded by award-winning counsellor and stand-up comic David Granirer who himself suffers from depression, SMH teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. Come laugh your head off as David and his comics explore the lighter side of mental health and how they change lives one laugh at a time!
I’M OK BUT YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP: Changing lives — one laugh at time!
In this hilarious presentation award-winning counselor and stand up comic David Granirer who himself suffers from depression looks at how comedy builds confidence and busts the stigma around mental illness. He’ll show you mental health from a totally different perspective while uplifting, inspiring and educating you. David will do comedy about his recovery story and tell you about Stand Up For Mental Health, his award-winning program teaching comedy to people with mental health issues. And through video clips, you’ll get to see his comics changing lives – one laugh at a time!
So often conferences bring in experts to talk about mental health.This is a chance to actually hear from the people who have mental health issues. And what they have to say will surprise, delight and inspire you!
“We loved your virtual show, it was super fun! P.S., you’re a great host and your jokes in between were amazing!”
Columbia River Mental Health
“What a huge success – 107 participants! Your comics were just great, the content was so appropriate and relatable!”
“Thank you for a great evening of laughter! Just what is needed! You are all incredible!”
Mental Health Services of Renfrew County- Pembroke Regional Hospital
“Your virtual show was great! And thanks to all the comics…that was just what the doctor ordered!”
Government of Saskatchewan, Office of the Worker’s Advocate
“Thanks so much for the virtual show it was absolutely fantastic!”
Canadian Union of Public Employees
“I wanted to personally thank you for the time and talent you so graciously shared with us at the DBSA National Conference. The show was a personal highlight for me, and I know others have shared similar sentiments as well. I believe SO strongly in your work with Stand Up for Mental Health and will continue to do all I can to spread the word about this outstanding, empowering program.”
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
“People were raving about the presentation you did at our conference. It had just the right mix of comedy and education. It’s great that you’re able to bring humor to such a serious topic.”
New Hampshire Behavioral Health Summit
“Thank you so much for keeping the audience in fits of laughter – it was a fun way to start the conference. The way you mixed mental health and comedy really clicked with our people as you could tell by the standing ovation. It’s great to see the way you find humor in such a serious topic.”
Missouri Mental Health Foundation