Comedian speaks out on mental health

Monday June 20, 2016 Written by Published in Health

COMEDIAN turned prominent mental health educator, Mike King, will visit schools on Rarotonga next week.


King will be running the Cool to Korero sessions under his charity The Key to Life Charitable Trust. Using a balance of humour and sensitivity in his talks, he will make use of his own battles with depression, addiction and recovery to promote positive change and and awareness of mental health problems. He will also bring a voice to the otherwise taboo subject of suicide prevention by engaging his audiences with hopeful messages and connecting them to services and resources within their communities.This is not the first time King has visited our shores. The last time he visited the Cook Islands was in 2014 where he performed a charity show raising funds for Te Vaerua rehabilitation at Muri’s Sails Restaurant and visited local schools.

During his visit to Tereora College, King will split his time between students and teachers allowing for question and answer sessions. He will meet student leaders and staff as well as holding private discussion sessions with staff members.

King will be at Tereora College from 8:45am to 2:45pm on Tuesday June 21 before heading for a community and parents meeting at the Princess Anne Hall from 5pm to 6pm.

He will be at Tereora College again on Wednesday June 22 from 8am to 8:45am and will be at Titikaveka College from 1pm to 3:20pm the same day.  

            - Release

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