PAINTED POST | A mental health activist and stand-up comic will give a presentation next week at Corning-Painted Post High School.
Kevin Breel, who became nationally known after a TEDx Talk titled “Confessions of a Depressed Comic,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Corning-Painted Post High School auditorium as part of an ongoing series of events organized by the district to highlight mental health issues.
The event is free and open to the public.
Breel’s TED Talk has garnered more than four million views online, and he’s been called one of the “Most Influential Millennials in the World” by Parade magazine.
District officials said Breel’s “honest and humorous take on his first-hand experience with depression, and his message of ending the stigma around mental illness, resonates with all kinds of audiences.”
He has been a guest speaker for schools such as Harvard, Yale, and MIT, as well as for Fortune 500 companies, and even for the government of Canada.
Breel’s debut memoir, “Boy Meets Depression,” achieved critical acclaim, with Forbes calling it “a small book well worth reading”, and NPR dubbing it “honest and compelling." As a comedian, he has headlined at theaters and colleges throughout North America.
He is also a recipient of multiple awards for his social activism, and has been featured in countless media outlets, including by NBC, CBS, The Huffington Post, MTV, CNN, The Today Show, Mashable and The Wall Street Journal.
More information on Breel is available online at kevinbreel.com, and his TED Talk is online at https://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_breel_confessions_of_a_depressed_comic.
More information on Corning-Painted Post Schools is online at www.corningareaschools.com.