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Getting Real With Kevin Breel

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Can we be honest; depression is a serious issue. An online study states that 44% of American college students are suffering from symptoms of depression, with 19% of young people either contemplating or attempting suicide each year. So why are mental illnesses still so heavily stigmatized? Cue Kevin Breel.


Kevin Breel is a 23-year old writer, comedian and activist. At the age of 19, Breel gave an inspirational TEDx talk titled “Confessions of a Depressed Comic,” during which he spoke about his own struggle with depression, the stigma behind mental illness, and the hope for a world where “embracing your light does not mean ignoring your dark.” The TED talk went viral almost instantly, with more than half a million views in less than 30 days. Today, it is one of the most watched TED talks of all time. His debut memoir, “Boy Meets Depression,” has achieved high acclaim.

Watch his famous TED Talk here.

In collaboration with NAMI OSU (The National Alliance on Mental Illness), OUAB presents: Getting Real with Kevin Breel


When: Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

Where: Ohio Union, Grand Ballroom—doors open at 6PM

Let’s b(reel) and break the stigma against mental illness together! Get your tickets at the Ohio Union Info Desk, 2 per Buck ID.

Can’t wait to see you there!



Written by: Jaya Adkins

Committee: Comedy


Author: OUAB

The mission of the Ohio Union Activities Board as the student programming organization at The Ohio State University is to provide diverse programs and events that are educational, entertaining, and thought provoking for the students of the Columbus campus.

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