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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Evening Program
Boy Meets Depression: Confessions of a Depressed Comic
Kevin Breel

Kevin Breel, author of “Boy Meets Depression,” openly and honestly shares real life experiences, including his own, to expose issues around mental health and provide a look inside the life and mind of a struggling young person. By sharing his own story, Breel hopes to break the stigma surrounding mental health and spark a productive conversation to address this difficult issue which so disproportionately affects young people.

At 24, Kevin Breel is a successful writer, comedian and activist.

And he suffers from depression.

His 2015 debut memoir “Boy Meets Depression” achieved critical acclaim. Forbes Magazine called it “a small book well worth reading” and NPR dubbed it “honest and compelling.” His TED Talk “Confessions of a Depressed Comic” has amassed over 4 million views world-wide making it one of the most viewed TED talks along with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

As a comedian, Breel has headlined theaters and colleges with his unique, story-telling style. As an activist for mental health, he has been a guest speaker colleges across North America, including Harvard University, Yale, and MIT and has also spoken at Fortune 500 companies and for the government of Canada.

A recipient of multiple awards for social activism around mental health, Breel has helped fundraise millions of dollars for mental health awareness campaigns, has helped to advise political reform around mental health issues, and is one of the National Ambassadors for the prestigious Bell LET’S TALK Campaign. 

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