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Crazy for comedy? Then stand up for mental health!

September 21, 2010

TORONTO, ON – Think mental illness is nothing to laugh about? The stand-up comedians with Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) disagree.

Using comedy as a way to break down the prejudice, stigma and discrimination that surround mental illness, the members of the SMH troupe have transformed their personal stories – SMH members have been diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia bipolar disorder and more – into empowering jokes.

The University of Toronto will be hosting the only Toronto stop of the 2010 National Stand Up for Mental Health Campus Tour. The event is Wednesday, October 6 from 7:30 – 10 p.m. at Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West). The show features SMH Founder David Granirer and the comics of SMH Guelph in partnership with Spark of Brilliance. It is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. The show begins with a viewing of the award-winning CBC Passionate Eye documentary “Cracking Up”, about the Stand Up for Mental Health program. The live performance is followed by a reception.

More information about Stand Up for Mental Health can be found at www.standupformentalhealth.com or in the accompanying backgrounder. View clips at www.standupformentalhealth.com/videoclips.shtml

For accessibility questions, contact Erin Noble, U of T Health and Well-being Programs and Services at e.noble@utoronto.ca.

EVENT: Stand Up for Mental Health comedy event

DATE: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (7:30 – 10 p.m.)

LOCATION: Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West)

TICKETS: $10 or free with student ID. Please get your tickets in advance from UofTtix (www.uofttix.ca/view.php?id=706).

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For more information, please contact:

Lanna Crucefix
HR Communications
University of Toronto
416-978-5700
Email: lanna.crucefix@utoronto.ca

Pat Bayes
Executive Director, SMH
604-707-0483
Email: pat@standupformentalhealth.com