Mood Disorders

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I'm OK But You Need Professional Help: Creating Recovery One Laugh at a Time

Thursday, October 25
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Tangerine WF2

Join Psych Congress for a hilarious presentation by award-winning counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer. Granirer, who 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 perform comedy about his recovery and tell you about Stand Up for Mental Health, his award-winning program that teaches comedy to people with mental health issues. Through video clips, you’ll also get to see his comics creating recovery – one laugh at a time!

David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, MSM

David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, MSM, is a counselor, stand-up comic, and mental health keynote speaker. David, who himself has depression, taught stand-up comedy to recovering addicts and cancer patients and founded Stand Up for Mental Health, his program that teaches comedy to people with mental health issues, in 2004. Since then he has trained Stand Up for Mental Health groups in partnership with various mental health organizations in more than 35 cities in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. David and his comics have performed more than 500 shows for various organizations. “What I see is a greater acceptance of ‘out of-the-box’ ideas in both promoting recovery and fighting stigma and discrimination,” says Granirer. “People seem to be ready to use humor to shine a light on some pretty dark and serious issues. I really believe that what they say is true: Laughter is the best medicine.”

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