Comedian & Mental Health Advocate
Author, ‘Boy Meets Depression’
Kevin Breel is a writer, comedian and social activist.
His work has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, INC Magazine and NBC.
As a comedian, Kevin became one of the youngest feature acts in Canadian history, touring in his teenage years. He has been on stages such as the House of Blues, the Sony Centre and the Coliseum in Vegas, and is a frequent headliner at college campuses across the country.
As a social activist, Kevin has been a guest speaker at institutions like Harvard University, Yale and MIT, as well as many of the top companies across North America. His message brings understanding, hope, and education surrounding mental health.
As a mental health activist Kevin has also been involved in millions of dollars of fundraising for suicide prevention and is one the National Spokespeople for the prestigious Bell LET’S TALK campaign. Recently, Parade Magazine named Kevin one of the top six “Most Influential Millennials in the World” alongside the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Malala Yousafzai.
At 19 years old, Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed teen. He was team captain at his high school, popular, funny, and confident. But, in his now-famous TED Talk, he found the courage to speak his personal truth – that he struggles with depression.
Since sharing his secret, Kevin has become a champion of ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
In his current presentation, Kevin tells his personal story, shares the impact it has had on others, and discusses what we can all do to end the shame around depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.