Even in today’s world, where mental health is becoming more mainstream to talk about, there’s still a stigma surrounding those dreaded two words. Even more than that, what about the judgemental mindset that comes with admitting you’ve attempted suicide, or live with chronic suicidality?
It’s for those very reasons that I wanted to bring Frank King, The Mental Health Comedian, onto the podcast so we can discuss not only some of his story and his work, but primarily in hopes of helping at least one person start a conversation that could make the difference between being alive today, and gone tomorrow.
I met Frank at the Mental Health Round Table recording this past spring, down in Virginia. That event, sponsored by Mental Health News Radio Network, allowed me the privilege to meet a number of amazing advocates and simply incredible people from all walks of life and stories, and all with a common goal of starting and continuing the tough conversations around mental health.
Frank King, aka The Mental Health Comedian, is a Suicide Prevention and Postvention Public Speaker and Trainer who turned a lifelong battle with depression into a keynote worth spreading. His mission is to end the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing his insights with anyone and everyone who will listen in an effort to “start the conversation.”
Frank has thought about killing himself more times than he can count. Like many of us, depression and suicide run in his family. He addresses his own trials and tribulations using a tool people from all walks of life can relate to, humor. With his TED Talk A Matter of Life or Death” he openly addresses topics considered taboo in today’s society.
Frank uses comedy and personal life lessons to help break the ice and start an engaging conversation amongst those struggling with mental and emotional stability. This act of faith helps those struggling to find a voice to express themselves. He believes that where there is humor there is hope. And where there is laughter there is life… Nobody dies laughing.
During our chat, Frank shares how he got started as a comedian, speaker, and trainer, and how he’s able to use his own life experiences to create a sense of support and understanding for those who struggle, and those who are supporting them. He talks about living with chronic suicidality, and how that affects even the most normal of everyday circumstances.
The stories Frank shares of his experiences throughout his life are sure to not only move you deeply but also make you smile and laugh…a combination you don’t see very much in the world of mental health and suicide prevention.
His approach is as validating and encouraging, as it is uplifting and funny. He’s as raw and bare-bones honest as he can possibly be because living with depression and chronic suicidality is something he deals with every day. His tribe, as he calls it, are the often misjudged, mistreated, and misunderstood people who are just trying to get through each day living in a world that many could never comprehend.
We appreciate Frank taking some time out of his schedule to join us on the podcast; he actually called us from a satellite phone on a cruise ship somewhere in the Sea of Alaska, in-between his schedule of shows. (the first time we’ve ever talked to someone in the middle of the ocean!)
If you get the opportunity to see Frank King perform, please don’t pass up the opportunity. He’s an amazing guy who has dedicated his life to helping people stay on this planet, one day at a time. Be sure and head over to TheMentalHealthComedian.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & YouTube.
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