Stand Up for Mental Health™

Apply now to join this 6-week Comedy Troupe Training program for people living with mental health challenges in the Bay of Quinte region.


Are you who we are looking for?

Do you have a mental health diagnosis, or self-diagnosed mental health concern? Are you ready to experience healing in a new and unique way? Do you feel comfortable sharing your story with others? And do you live or work in the Bay of Quinte region?

If you’ve answered YES, then this program might be for YOU!

Consider joining us on this hilarious journey to self-discovery. Learn to become an amateur Stand-Up Comedian and share your story! Join 5 other people in this six-week training program, and further your healing through the lens of humour. 

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Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH)

Comedy Troupe Training Program

Each week, for 6 weeks, participants work with Counsellor, Stand Up Comic, and Founder of Stand Up for Mental Health™, David Granirer for two hours via video. David has run SMH in over 50 cities in Canada, the US, and Australia, trained over 700 comics, and done over 500 shows.

His guarantee is that:If you put in the work, I will do WHATEVER it takes for you to succeed!” 

David will help you create a comedy sketch to share your story on local stages in the Quinte and surrounding area, at the culmination of the 6-week training program.

Generously Supported By

Bell Let's Talk logo
Logo for The Enrichment Centre for Mental Health
Stand Up for Mental Health Logo
We Thrive Wellness Centre logo

We are so grateful for the partnership and commitment of these organizations. Thank you for believing in the transformative power of this project.

For other folks who are interested in supporting this program, with fundraising, gift-in-kind, committee support, promoting The BIG SHOW, or in any other capacity, please reach out to us. We welcome your curiosity, support and enthusiasm! 

Training Location

The weekly SMH Comedy Troupe training sessions will take place at The Enrichment Centre for Mental Health, located at 250 Sidney Street (Building 59) in Belleville, Ontario.

The 2.5-hour in-person sessions will be co-hosted by Registered Psychotherapist Sarah Angela Clarke, and Sarah Hutchison, Co-Founder of We Thrive Wellness Centre. David Granirer will join via video to facilitate the training.

Each session will close with a psychoeducational discussion, facilitated by Sarah Angela.

Training Schedule:
Thursdays | 5:30 – 8:00pm
May 2 – June 6, 2024

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Application Process

Submit Your Application

We have currently formed our Spring 2024 troupe! But we are continuing to accept applications for our waitlist. Training begins May 2. But should a spot in the troupe open up before that date, we will look to fill it from our waitlist. So please continue to apply if you are interested! The application is completed online, and is available below. You will be asked to self-reflect on how comedy, and your commitment to this program, might support your mental health journey. Thank you for applying!
►Apply Online! 

Important Dates:

Classes begin Thurs, May 2nd

THE BIG SHOW! – Sat, June 8th
Comics share their rehearsed set at THE BIG SHOW for an enthusiastic and supportive audience! Tell friends and family to hold the date!

Program Facilitators

David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, M.S.M.

David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, M.S.M.

Founder - Stand Up for Mental Health™

David Granirer is a counselor, stand-up comic, author, and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health™ (SMH), a program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. David who himself suffers from bipolar is featured in the VOICE Award winning documentary Cracking Up. He also received a Life Unlimited Award from Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, an Award of Excellence from the National Council of Behavioral Health, a Champion of Mental Health Award, and a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, and was recognized as one of the 150 Canadian Difference Makers in mental health. A sought after keynote speaker, he has worked with mental health organizations to perform and train SMH groups in over 50 cities in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. www.standupformentalhealth.com

Sarah Angela Clarke, RP

Sarah Angela Clarke, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Sarah Angela Clarke is a Registered Psychotherapist with a background in skills development and creative arts facilitation. She has used many different approaches to bring healing to her own trauma, depression and PTSD – including having trained as a comic with David in 2009, and performing at several shows!  Sarah An is excited to work with David again, this time in a supportive role, bringing some additional psychotherapeutic reflection time to the training sessions.  Her hope is to facilitate each participant’s deeper connection with their mental health journey through the playful, creative and cathartic self-expression of comedy. www.sarahangelaclarke.com

Sarah Hutchison, BAH., BEd.

Sarah Hutchison, BAH., BEd.

Co-Founder - We Thrive Wellness Centre

As a ‘wellness-preneur,’ Sarah Hutchison believes deeply in a holistic approach to healing. Diagnosed with mental illness after the birth of her children, Sarah turned to spirituality, holistic health and community building to restore balance to her life. In 2014, Sarah co-founded Bliss B4 Laundry, a company offering transformational wellness retreats around Ontario. Before it’s retirement in 2022, the Bliss Community was thousands of women-strong. Based on the success of Bliss, Sarah was inspired to join her close friend, Cristol Smyth, to co-create We Thrive, a holistic wellness centre located in Downtown Belleville. The team of health practitioners at We Thrive, work in a circle of care model, to offer a wide variety of services, classes and events in a safe and welcoming environment. We Thrive helps people transform their health and happiness amongst a caring and inclusive community. www.wethrivewellness.ca

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