About Stand Up For Mental Health
Most people think you have to be nuts to do stand up comedy…Counselor and Stand Up Comic David Granirer offers it as a form of therapy!
In David’s Stand Up For Mental Health course, people with mental health and addictions issues turn their problems into stand up comedy, then perform their acts at conferences, treatment centers, psych wards, for various mental health organizations, corporations, government agencies, on college and university campuses, and most importantly for the general public.
The Power of Stand Up Comedy!
“We use comedy to give people with mental health issues a powerful voice and help reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental illness,” says Granirer. “The idea is that laughing at our setbacks raises us above them. It makes people go from despair to hope, and hope is crucial to anyone struggling with adversity. Studies prove that hopeful people are more resilient and also tend to live longer, healthier lives.”
Granirer, who lives with depression, got the idea for Stand Up For Mental Health from watching students in his Langara College Stand-Up Comedy Clinic course. “Though Stand-Up Comedy Clinic isn’t intended as therapy, I’ve had students overcome long standing depressions and phobias, not to mention increasing their confidence and self-esteem. There’s something incredibly healing about telling a roomful of people exactly who you are and having them laugh and cheer.”
Stand Up For Mental Health trains groups throughout North America in partnership with dozens of different mental health organizations. Click here to partner with David and bring Stand Up For Mental Health to your community.
“There’s something amazing about having members your community take the stage at an event and rock the house,” says Granirer. It’s incredibly empowering and a great way of fighting public stigma. Most so-called normal people would never want to go anywhere near stand up comedy. Seeing people with mental illness do it forces the audience to re-evaluate their perceptions of and prejudices against people who have a mental illness.”
Stand Up For Mental Health gives programs throughout North America and Australia, everywhere but the Vancouver, B.C. area. If you’re interested in our Vancouver B.C area programs click here to go to the SMH Comedy Society website.