The Grave Concerns Association hosts a “Stand Up for Mental Health” Comedy show at 2:30 p.m. April 13 at the Lakewood Elks Club, 6313 75th Street in Lakewood. David Granirer, Internationally acclaimed comic and mental health stigma buster, is coming from Vancouver, B.C. to emcee the show. Featured performers, 2012 graduates of the Wellness and Peer Support program at the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (T.A.C.I.D.), will share the light side of their recovery journeys. Tickets are available now online for $10, plus $1.34 handling. Tickets will be available at the door (space permitting) for $15.00.
Grave Concerns Chair, Laurel Lemke, is the Lakewood based comic. Lemke has been involved in anti- stigma projects as a conference presenter, member of mental health organizations and through her volunteer work with the Grave Concerns Association. “Writing and performing jokes is an amazing tool to increase understanding about living with a mental illness,” Lemke explains. “It is great for personal healing and self esteem.”
The Lakewood Elks has donated its hall for this spring fundraiser for Grave Concerns, a local 501-C nonprofit which formed in 2000 to restore the historic patient cemetery. Grave Concerns has been raising funds to purchase granite markers through Premier Memorial, a philanthropic partnership which has allowed the group to give identity to approximately one third of the individuals who were buried anonymously between 1876 and 1953. Visit the website for more information about their activities. www.wshgraveconcerns.org