Student Testimonials

You led us into something we all thought at one time could never accomplish and you assisted us through our moods and fear and helped us to take down those barriers and become the truth of who we are. You have been with us through ups and downs and have always encouraged us to be our best and that’s what makes us great at what we do.

Dr. Ron, Vancouver, B.C.



Stand Up For Mental Health has boosted my self-esteem. I feel more confident in myself and things that I attempt to do.

John Johnston, Burnaby, B.C.


It’s amazing, it’s awesome. I was really proud of how we all developed. We all surpassed my greatest expectations.

Carmen Gaylard, Richmond, B.C.


Your course has helped me recognize my strengths and focus more on these while taking areas of low self-esteem or other weaknesses with no seriousness… it’s a joke!

Rosanne Gervais, Vancouver, B.C.


I have been part of Stand Up For Mental Health for the past year. David is an awesome teacher, somehow he has convinced me I’m funny in spite of all my inner messages. I do hope to go on and pursue comedy and I am slowly working to pursue that. Anything that may come out of this venture I owe to David and his great talent to teach so many diverse people under so many different situations.

Branwen Willow, Vancouver, B.C.


Stand Up For Mental Health has been a life saver in a time in my life when the waters are stormy. The classes and time spent with our crew keeps me laughing through life’s struggles.

Norm Conrad, Richmond, B.C.


Before the course I had a stigma about even admitting I might have a mental illness, but now I’m honored to belong to such an amazing group of people.

Jacquie Johnston, Port Moody, B.C.


Stand Up For Mental Health has given me the energy and direction to turn tragedy into comedy. My confidence and self-acceptance is getting stronger. I can still do stand-up while being depressed, angry and suicidal. I don’t have to stay home and feel sorry for myself. The stage is always open no matter what mood I am in or the circumstances of the day. Comedy gives me hope.                                                                                                   

Jennifer Steel, Burnaby, B.C.


I’m a more confident public speaker now and I feel confident that my jokes can make people laugh. Stand Up For Mental Health has brought a lot of enjoyment and fun into my life.                                                                                                                                        

Paul Decarie, Vancouver, B.C.


Thanks to Stand Up For Mental Health I feel like I can achieve any goal I make.      

Robbie Englequist, New Westminster, B.C.


The comedy class has been really great. You take a painful experience and open it up to sharing and laughter and it becomes therapeutic. You learn to laugh at your own hurts and see them for what they really are, learning experiences. The whole 3 hour class is filled with jokes, laughter, and spontaneity. You learn to pull anecdotes apart and find the funny bone in them. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to enjoy themselves.

Sheri Van Nes, Delta, B.C.


Things that were serious issues to me have had a lot of pain taken out of them through making jokes and humour out of them. I find this to be very therapeutic in that I don’t carry these issues around thinking of them and getting depressed over them. My confidence and self-esteem have risen tremendously. This is an excellent course.

Bruce Beckett, Delta, B.C.


David presents all the material in an understandable way and I feel my potential for learning is great.

Caroline Williams, Delta, B.C.


Stand Up For mental Health is a fantastic opportunity to look at some pretty heavy issues in a new light. Very therapeutic. David has a real gift for helping us create the laughs.

Renee Boisvert, Delta, B.C.


The Comedy class gave me strength to talk in public and to know I’m not alone it was one of the most wonderful experience of my life thank you David

Sherron Hogg, White Rock, B.C.


When I joined the beginner group for Stand up for Mental Health I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  David creates such a safe and mutually supportive atmosphere where we got to encourage and laugh with each other.  I felt like I could make a joke out of anything and I never felt judged.  It did not seem matter that some people had a bit of speaking experience or not, or whether someone thought they were funny or not.  It was amazing to grow and see everyone else’s growth.

Leading up to the show, instead of being nervous, I was so excited to get up there and have fun, and watch my group mates take the stage.  After the show, I felt so complete, whole.  I had a new feeling of inner calm and courage.

SMH gave me another frame of reference to view my experiences day to day, as well as a different way to re-tell some of my story since having a diagnosis. 

I’ve had a few bumps in the road in the past year and being able to see things differently and laugh is a great gift.  Sometimes I think of jokes out of the blue and just laugh to myself.  Laughter is so important for my wellness.  I highly recommend anyone to give SMH a try. Thanks for everything!!  You rock!

            Andrea Hollebacken, White Rock, B.C.