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USING COMEDY TO RAISE

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

 
 
 
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Programs

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE OF MENTAL HEALTH - GRADES (4-12)

Student life can be stressful and demanding. With just the right amount of humour, this presentation challenges the stigma around mental illness and creates an awareness of mental health as well as an appreciation for the challenges facing students today. 

The unique and dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling make this a stand out presentation to address the sensitive issue of Mental Health and Wellness. 

4-8 Grades

This engaging, fun and interactive presentation offers students a refreshing perspective into one of the most pervasive topic within our schools today, mental health and wellness.  With the unique and dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling students will be equipped with the tools to become more resilient.  Also, through this presentation students will become aware of the resources to manage stress, confidence to reach out in need and equip with the terminology to speak up about their mental health needs. Topics covered include; positive ways to respond and manage stress and stressful situations, how to cope with emotions in a healthy way and how to build the confidence to rise above. 

9-12 Grades

Student life can be stressful and demanding. With just the right amount of humour, this presentation challenges the stigma around mental illness and creates an awareness of mental health as well as an appreciation for the challenges facing students today.  The unique and dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling make this a stand out presentation to address the sensitive issue of Mental Health and Wellness. Topics covered are: what is mental health, mental health spectrum and the how to make your school healthier using the three C’s: care (i.e. coping strategies, connection (i.e. getting involved) and compassion. 

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Mental Health & Wellness

  • Inclusion

  • Self-Acceptance

  • Leadership

  • Self-Respect

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What PEople say

 
HILARIOUS, KEPT EVERYONE SMILING AND PAYING ATTENTION
— Nicole Less (Principal) Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board
IN MOST ASSEMBLIES STUDENTS DON’T PAY ATTENTION, BUT THE WAY IAN PRESENTED THE TOPIC OF MENTAL HEALTH IT WAS FUNNY AND ALLOWED STUDENTS TO TAKE IN MORE INFORMATION
— Peter (High School Student)
RELATED IMPORTANT CONCEPTS AT THE STUDENT LEVEL
— MR. LI (PRINCIPAL), Durham Catholic District School Board
IAN IS AN AWESOME PERSON TO LOOK UP TO, I THINK HIS POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HIS THOUGHTS TOWARDS MENTAL HEALTH JUST MAKES EVERYBODY WANT TO GET INFORMED AND HE A PERSON EVERYBODY SHOULD LISTEN TO
— Maxime (High School Student)
ENCOURAGED OUR STUDENTS TO RAISE THEIR VOICES
— MRS. BELL (TEACHER), Toronto District School Board

 ABOUT IAN

Combining his love for comedy and his passion for working with children and youth, Ian speaks to middle and high school students using comedy to raise mental health awareness.

Ian has delivered presentations and workshops on these themes to thousands of students across Ontario. In addition to his work in schools, he has also joined forces with Toronto Raptors, NBA All-Star, Demar DeRozan's Foundation and the YMCA. He has been hosting a series of workshops for youth in the Demar DeRozan Foundation Summer Camp Program and creating comedy workshops for the YMCA's Newcomers Program.   

Ian is a graduate of Ryerson University and resides in Toronto with his beautiful wife, 7 year-old daughter and 1 year-old son.

 
 

BOOKING

Email: team@ianspeaks.com

Phone: 647-465-2872

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