Kevin Breel

Kevin Breel

Mental Health Activist | TED Sensation

Kevin Breel’s TEDx Talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic”, has garnered more than four million views, making it one of the most watched TED talks ever on mental health. In the years since he delivered it, Breel’s been called one of the “most influential millennials in the world” by Parade magazine, and was a national ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk. His honest and humorous take on his first-hand experience with depression, and his message of ending the stigma around mental illness, resonates with all audiences.

Deftly combining his mental health activism with his incredible comedy, Breel has been a guest speaker for schools such as Harvard, Yale, and MIT, as well as for Fortune 500 Companies, and even for the Government of Canada.

Breel’s debut memoir, Boy Meets Depression, achieved critical acclaim, with Forbes calling it “a small book well worth reading”, and NPR dubbing it “honest and compelling.” As a comedian, Breel has headlined at theatres and colleges throughout North America.

Breel is a recipient of multiple awards for his social activism, and he has been featured by countless media outlets, including NBC, CBS, The Huffington Post, MTV, CNN, The Today Show, Mashable, and The Wall Street Journal.


Confessions of a Depressed Comic

At 19 years old, Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed teen. He was team captain at his high school, popular, funny, and confident. But, in his now-famous TED Talk, he found the courage to speak his personal truth — that he struggles with depression.

Since sharing his secret, Breel has become a champion of ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

In his current presentation, Breel tells his personal story, shares the impact it has had on others, and discusses what we can all do to end the shame around depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.