Comedian Brings Mental Health Awareness to HBO

4 May 2017 - By Mary Johnson

In his new HBO special, Chris Gethard communicates that it is okay not to be okay through comedy. In Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, the comic and New Jersey native explores mental health, suicide, substance abuse and his own experiences battling depression. Gethard—whose goal is to start a conversation on mental health in general— takes on these challenging topics in an honest way that will have you cracking up.

Gethard creates a safe platform for people of all backgrounds to come forward and face their own demons, including some of his fellow comedians. Gethard sat down with Wyatt Cenac, Phoebe Robinson, Patti Harrison, and Aparna Nancherla to discuss how folks “from all walks of life” battle mental health issues – “A story that’s everywhere.”

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and HBO is working closely with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, The JED Foundation, Active Minds, Crisis Text Line, and Shatterproof on creating awareness around this special. Additionally, HBO is providing screening opportunities at colleges and universities nationwide, which will allow for educated conversations with partnered on-campus resource groups and psychology departments. These nonprofit organizations and college campus resources serve as a community for anyone looking to continue the conversation that Chris Gethard so bravely starts.

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Chris Gethard: Career Suicide airs May 6 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.