Most people think you have to be nuts to do stand up comedy — but we think of it as therapy! Stand Up For Mental Health is David Granirer’s innovative, groundbreaking program.
David teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building their confidence and fighting public stigma, prejudice, and discrimination.
Our shows look at the lighter side of taking meds, seeing counsellors, getting diagnosed, and surviving the mental health system. We perform at conferences, treatment centers and psych wards in partnership with numerous mental health organizations. SMH performs in Prisons, on Military Bases and University and College Campuses, at Government, Corporate and Community fundraisers and Forums, and Most Importantly, for the General Public across Canada and the US.
David, who himself suffers from depression says: If you have bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health diagnoses, you’re a perfect fit for this program!
Check out the website for info on the program, links to performances, and the Cracking Up documentary!