Thompson Rivers University is proud to partner with the Canadian Mental Health Association to bring an event to our Kamloops campus this month. The Canadian Mental Health Association works towards a goal of a community free of stigmas toward people with mental illness.
In an effort to further this goal and support Mental Illness Awareness Week from October 5 -12, 2010, Human Resources, in conjunction with Occupational Health and Safety, is excited to be hosting the "Stand Up for Mental Health" (SMH) comedy event on October 18th for both a lunch hour and evening performance. This comedy show reaches tens of thousands of people each year and has been featured in many National media. This innovative and high-profile program reaches out to the millions of people with mental illness, their family, friends, co-workers, employers, caregivers, business, government and equally important, the general public.
"Most people think you have to be nuts to do stand-up comedy. SMH offers it as a form of therapy! SMH was founded in 2004 by Registered Vancouver counselor, stand-up comic, and author of The Happy Neurotic: How fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success, David Granirer, who himself has depression. SMH teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building self-esteem and fighting public prejudice, stigma and discrimination."
I encourage you to attend this innovative and creative show along with some of the other TRU sponsored events on Campus in support of Mental Illness Awareness week including:
- October 7th - Partnering with CMHA on depression and anxiety screening
Student Street, 10 am - 2 pm.
- October 18 - "Stand Up For Mental Health" comedy event- free lunch hour performance for TRU employees and students in the Grand Hall, CAC from noon - 1:00 pm. Plus an evening event for the public at 7:00 - 9:30 pm in the Grand Hall. Admission is $2.00.
- October 19th - "Awake at Work: How mindfulness can help us build healthy, successful careers & lives" Conversation with Michael Carroll and An Evening with Michael Carroll: "Introduction to Awareness Meditation"
12:30 - 2pm, Grand Hall, CAC.
Please come out and support Mental Illness Awareness Week and the SMH program.
Lynn Joly, Associate Vice-President,
Human Resources & Planning