We laughed. We cried. It was much better than Cats.
Frank King, Suicide Prevention and Postvention Public Speaker and Trainer, was a writer for The Tonight Show for 20 years, is a Corporate Comedian, syndicated humor columnist, and podcast personality, who was featured on CNN's Business Unusual.
Depression and suicide run his family. He's thought about killing himself more times than he can count. He's fought a lifetime battle with depression, and thoughts of ending his life, turning that long dark journey of the soul into a TED Talk, "A Matter of Laugh or Death," www.FrankTEDTalk.com and sharing his lifesaving insights on Mental and Emotional Health Awareness, with corporation, association, youth (middle school and high school), and college audiences www.TheSuicidePreventionSpeaker.com
As an Inspirational and Motivational Public Speaker and Trainer he uses the life lessons from the above, as well as lessons learned as a rather active consumer of healthcare, both mental and physical, to start the conversation giving people who battle Mental and Emotional Illness permission to give voice to their feelings and experiences surrounding depression and suicide, and to create a common pool of knowledge in which those who suffer, and those who care about them, can swim.
And doing it by coming out, as it were, and standing in his truth, and doing it with humor.
He believes that where there is humor there is hope, where there is laughter there is life, nobody dies laughing.
He is currently working on a book on men's mental fitness, Guts, Grit, and the Grind, with two coauthors.
He lives in Eugene, OR and speaks around the US, and all over the world.
The perfect after dinner (or breakfast or lunch) keynote when all you're after is comedy entertainment. The first ten or fifteen minutes can be customized to your group, industry and/or association.
You will not "get a check up from the neck up" (and if I hear that phrase one more time, I may throw up). You will not learn any of "the 7 habits of highly effective people" (one of which has to be over-using the word paradigm). Nor will you learn how to think out of the box, break the secret code of accomplishment, fly with eagles (even though you work with turkeys) or be empowered (whatever that means) in any way. What will happen is, you'll laugh. And you'll get loads of practical real life lessons Frank King has learned the hard way. Lessons like, if you're driving and you get sleepy, by all means take a nap; but remember to pull over and stop first. Or lessons like, you should never get married thinking "I'm not sure I should be doing this, but I guess I'll just give it a try." Or a lesson like: the best way to deal with change is a three part plan: Get Over It.
You'll get practical, everyday advice on maintaining good health from a guy who had an aortic valve transplant and lived to joke about it. Advice like: never eat anything that had bad parents. Or: yes, McDonald's cooks their French fries in vegetable oil, but what about the rest of the food in that place? You just look at the McMenu, your cholestoral is gonna jump a half a dozen points. Or: if Mother Nature didn't make it and/or you can't pronounce it, then you shouldn't eat it.
Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the workplace 1 and affects about one in 10 employees. Mental illness, when untreated or under-treated, often manifests as a performance issue, such as absenteeism or compromised productivity. The annual economic, indirect cost of mental illnesses is estimated to be at least $79 billion. Most of that amount–approximately $63 billion—reflects the cost of lost productivity. Mental illness causes more days of work loss and work impairment than chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, back pain, hypertension, and heart disease.
What’s the solution?
Let’s say you’re an HR professional, or Supervisor, and one of your Direct Reports has a heart attack, what do you do? Chances are you’ll know what sort of First Aid is required. You’ll start CPR, and continue until someone arrives with the paddles, and yells “Clear.” But what if you’re an HR professional, or Supervisor, and one of your Direct Reports confides in you that they are depressed? Will you have any idea what sort of Mental Health First Aid to administer? Are you in any way qualified to be a Mental Health First Responder? Before you can know how to help, you need to know when to help. It’s what’s called mental health literacy—or a basic understanding of what different mental illnesses and addictions are, how they can affect a person’s daily life, and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges get well.
As a comedian, speaker, and mental health activist, who battles depression, Frank will teach your group, with a healthy dose of humor, on these topics:
• Depression and mood disorders
• Anxiety disorders
• Substance Use disorders
Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency—the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, use their strengths to stay well, and return to full productivity.
When Frank speaks, you’ll learn how to properly apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:
• Panic attacks
• Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
• Non-suicidal self-injury
• Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
• Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
• Reaction to a traumatic event
We laughed. We cried. It was much better than Cats.
You were funny as heck in Steamboat.
We really appreciated how you tied your speech into the goings-on at our convention.