Kevin Breel, 20 year old comedian and mental health activist, is coming to Penn State to speak on tonight (Oct. 24) as a part of Mental Health & Wellness Week. Kevin’s refreshing openness has helped his TEDx talk, entitled “Confessions of a Depressed Comic” go viral, and has gained him recognition from MTV, Huffington Post, and most recently the Today Show.
He will be speaking twice, once at 6:00 p.m., and once at 8:00 p.m. Both talks will be in 22 Deike building, and a short question and answer session will follow at the conclusion of each of his talks. In a letter to Penn State, Kevin said, “Hopefully, we will be able to maybe have some interesting discussions that will be sparked by my talk…it’s ultimately about cultivating a sense of community and asking questions that lead to real change.”
“Kevin is not only inspirational, but he is incredibly passionate and really does a great job of helping people better understand what suffering from depression is actually like,” said Ally Fiorenzi, Vice President of the Active Minds student organization. “The fact that Kevin is only 20 years old makes him a powerful and relevant speaker since being the typical onset for depression is between the ages of 18 to 24.”
Last year, over 3,200 Penn State University Park students were provided services from the Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Department, which totals almost 7% of the student body. A goal of Mental Health and Wellness Week is to remove the stigma around mental health, and through speakers like Kevin, the conversation can hopefully be started.
Kevin’s original TED talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic,” can be found below.