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No, Really, We Want You to Laugh: Mental Illness and Stand-Up Comedy: Transforming Lives
Mowry, Dave and Tara Rolstad
CreateSpace / Softcover / 2015-02-01 / 150522554X
Fiction and Essays / Consumer/Survivor
price: $14.50
198 pages
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Mental illness can cause isolation, hopelessness, and stigma. It can also be really funny. No, really! In "No, Really, We Want You to Laugh," meet six people who transformed their painful struggles with mental illness through the power and art of stand-up comedy. Whether you live with mental illness or know people who do (and believe us, statistics tell us you DO know people with mental illness), this poignant, funny and refreshing book will give you deeper insight into the heartbreak, challenges and ridiculous moments of life with mental illness. Find out how these comedians took the ugly truth and turned it into comedy, discovering hope, changing lives, and busting stereotypes. Features the stories of people who live with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, autism, schizophrenia, and their family members.

About the Authors:

Before comedy, co-author Dave Mowry lived a life of tremendous loss, and years of paralyzing anxiety and depression. The accomplished business owner and CEO lost everything—his companies, his home and his relationships. The power of laughter has transformed Dave's story into one of healing, restoration and hope. Today Dave facilitates Stand Up for Mental Health classes and helps other would-be comics find their funny the way he did. Dave lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, Heather. You can reach Dave at

Nothing prepared co-author Tara Rolstad for the shocking surprises she faced as foster mom to a teenage niece with severe mental illness. Navigating suicide attempts, hospitalizations and lengthy residential treatment stays thrust Tara into trial-by-fire situations not covered in any conventional parenting book. Now as a comic, speaker and writer she gives voice to the experiences of exhausted family members, co-facilitates Stand Up for Mental Health classes with Dave Mowry, and blogs at Tara lives in the Portland, Oregon suburbs with her husband David and three boys. You can reach Tara at For more information, go to

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