David Granirer is a counselor, stand-up comic, speaker, author, and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH), a program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. His work is featured in the VOICE Award winning CBC documentary Cracking Up. David who himself has depression received a Life Unlimited Award from the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, a Welcome Back Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health, and a Champion of Mental Health Award, a national award recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the mental health agenda in Canada. His SMH group in Australia also received a Rotary Shine On Award for Special Achievement in Mental Health. David is a sought after keynote speaker and also works with mental health organizations in Canada, the U.S., and Australia to train SMH groups in dozens of cities. Since founding SMH in 2004 he has trained over 400 comics and they have done over 500 shows on military bases, for correctional facilities, on university and college campuses, for government departments and corporations, for behavioral health organizations, and are part of the medical school curriculum for two universities.

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