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David Granirer      

Counselor & Stand-Up Comedian; Founder of Stand Up for Mental Health

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. Granirer who himself suffers from bipolar 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 to perform and train SMH groups in over 50 cities in Canada, the U.S., and Australia.

Speech Topics

Stand Up For Mental Health™: Creating Recovery – One Laugh At A Time!

What’s so funny about mental health? As far as award-winning counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer is concerned, everything! In this hilarious presentation David, who suffers from bipolar will do clean, respectful comedy about his mental health journey and tell you about Stand Up For Mental Health™, his award-winning program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. You’ll get to see a whole new stigma-busting perspective on mental health, and how to create recovery – one laugh at a time! So often conferences bring in experts to talk about mental health. This is a chance to hear from someone with mental health issues. And what he has to say will surprise, delight, and inspire you!

Getting The Laughs You Need!

In today’s work 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 cod liver, a dose of laughter is not only good for you, it also feels great to take!

  • Learn how to use humor to build resilience
  • Acquire quick, easy techniques for using humor to beat stress
  • Learn to use humor as a form of self-care
  • Learn how to use humor to cope with change and adversity


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