David Granirer

Founder of Stand Up For Mental Health | Counselor | Popular Stand-Up Comic


David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, M.S.M. is a counselor, stand-up comic, author, and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH), a program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. David who himself suffers from depression, is featured in the VOICE Award winning documentary Cracking Up. He also received a Life Unlimited Award from Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, an Award of Excellence from the National Council of Behavioral Health, a Champion of Mental Health Award, and a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, and was recognized as one of the 150 Canadian Difference Makers in mental health.

A sought after keynote speaker, he has worked with mental health organizations in Canada, the U.S., and Australia to train and perform with SMH groups in over 50 cities.

Watch: Stand Up for Mental Health


I’m okay, 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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