David Granirer

Founder, Stand Up For Mental Health

David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, M.S.M, is a counsellor, stand-up comic, and mental health keynote speaker. David, who himself has depression has taught stand-up comedy to recovering addicts and cancer patients and founded Stand Up For Mental Health, his award-winning program teaching comedy to people with mental health issues in 2004. His work is featured by media worldwide and in the VOICE Award-winning Passionate Eye documentary Cracking Up and the award-winning Australian documentary Crack Up.


He has trained Stand Up For Mental Health groups in partnership with various mental health organizations in over 50 cities in Canada, the U.S., and Australia.


He is the recipient of many accolades for his outstanding work including an Award of Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health for his work using comedy to de-stigmatize mental illness. He also received a Champion of Mental Health Award. These national awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the mental health agenda in Canada. David also received a Life Unlimited Award presented by the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance. This is a national award given to individuals who live a life unlimited by their mood disorders and inspire others to do the same.


I’m OK BUT YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP: Changing lives — one laugh at a time!


In this hilarious presentation, counsellor and stand-up comic David Granirer, who suffers from depression look at how comedy busts the stigma around mental health issues. He’ll show you mental health from a totally different perspective while uplifting, inspiring and educating your conference attendees.


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!

Getting The Laughs You Need!


In today’s world, change, stress and tension are major challenges to everyone’s well-being! Laughter is the cure, the best medicine, a cod liver oil for the soul. But unlike the cod liver, a dose of laughter is not only good for you, it also feels good to take!


This presentation is not just a hilarious breakout or keynote. You’ll also learn:


  • How to use humour to build resilience 
  • How to use humour to reduce stress 
  • How to use humour at work
  • How to use humour as a form of self-care
  • How to use humour to cope with change and adversity
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