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Frank King

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Comedian and writer for the Tonight Show, living with depression and suicidality, speaking on mental health and suicide prevention.

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Keynote speaker Frank King is a former writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Today, he uses his experience from the entertainment world to speak about depression, suicide and mental health in a serious but also approachable way. Mental health is important in any industry, and a keynote with Frank King will give you the courage to speak up about mental health and suicide.

Why book speaker Frank King?

  • He help you laugh through real life issues. Speaker Frank King openly speaks and educates audience members on suicide. Frank touches all the areas that assist in prevention and education on the topic, all while making the audience laugh as a former writer of The Tonight Show.
  • He gets personal. Frank shares his and his family’s story of mental illnesses and family diagnoses to educate audience members on the severity of suicide and depression.
  • He is diverse. Frank has spoken and dedicated keynotes to all different age groups and industries.  He demonstrates the importance, and education, of suicide-prevention and seeking help. Educate yourself from someone who can relate from both sides, book Frank King today.

Also known as the Mental Health Comedian, speaker Frank King has a gift of making a topic that is so sensitive accessible and normal. Frank himself has thought about killing himself more times than he can count, and he comes from a family of depression. As a comedian, Frank is able to talk about the topic in a way that most people can relate to and understand, after all “nobody dies laughing”. He turned his dark times into a TEDx Talk “A Matter of Laugh or Death”. Even though Frank is a comedian, his approach to the topic of depression and suicide is real and very serious.

Speaker Frank King’s inspiring, thought-provoking and funny keynotes can help you realize how important it is to communicate to and understand the mind of someone who is battling with depression and suicide. As a motivational speaker and trainer, Frank uses his life lessons and background to give a voice to those who need it, and he creates a common pool for people to listen and understand. 

Frank King speaks at a variety of events. Schools and colleges book him as a youth mental health speaker or for suicide prevention and post-vention. Certain industries, occupations and workplace cultures may be at a higher risk for depression and suicide, and these will benefit greatly from Frank’s talks. 

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Special Virtual Keynote by speaker Frank King

How to Socially Distance and Stay Sane.

Frank King, The Mental Health Comedian and Suicide Prevention Speaker, works with teams to develop effective social isolation strategies for their teams. Participants learn how to recognize warning signs associated with isolation and understand how to start a conversation on reducing physical distance while staying connected.

By participating in this course, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of both team members and their families.

Audience takeaways:

  • How to aim for physical rather than social distancing.
  • How social isolation impacts physical health.
  • Learn creative ways to build social time for yourself and those you care about.
  • The do’s and don’ts of social distancing.
  • How to decide whether you should cancel your dates, parties, and gym sessions.
  • Highlight the management and treatment modalities for team members at risk, including best practices for connecting the team member with virtual mental health services.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to successfully self quarantine
  • Comprehend the relationship between isolation stress and isolation, and learn valuable techniques to stress less at home.
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Digital Media Addiction: “Smart Phones, Social Media and Suicide”

The talk will identify the negative impact on problem solving and coping mechanisms, cognitive functioning, memory, the effects on neural pathways of the brain and its relationship to self-destructive and suicidal behavior. Additionally, this talk will highlight the timing of the introduction of social media with the surge in the rates of both Major Depression and suicide. It will provoke thought regarding the impact that Social Media and Social Networking Sites have on those rates and offer preventative measures to decrease this correlation. This talk will discuss:

  • Social Media as a normal part of our society and functioning today. 
  • The concept and development of Self and risks of social media use. 
  • The impact of social media use on the need for immediate gratification, difficulty in   differentiating real from imagined threats, the FOMO effect, the impact on feelings of abandonment and rejection and it influences on both neurotransmitters and brain function. 
  • The increased risk for development of suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, narcissism and sociopathic behavior with chronic social media use.
  • The question of “How do I be me without losing touch with Self”.
  • And finally, suggestions and specific personal operating recommendations for the development and maintenance of Self with the use of social media.
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Stress-Less in the Workplace: Work Life Balance

While some workplace stress is the new normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical and emotional health, and affect your relationships and home life. It can even determine how successful you are on the job. You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless, even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation. Whatever your ambitions or work demands, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the debilitating effects of stress, improve your job satisfaction, and bolster your well-being in and out of the workplace.

  • How to find the chuckles in change
  •  How to find the funny in frustrations
  • How to find the punchlines in the pain
  • How to turn your messes and stresses into successes
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Workplace Suicide Prevention: A Workplace Health and Safety Issue

Frank King helps workplaces appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention, creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. It builds a business
case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving. Interactive exercises and case studies help employers and their staff apply and customize the content to their specific
work culture.

This program is divided into four chapters:

  • Doing suicide prevention in the workplace
  • What to do when someone is suicidal
  • How to start conversations about suicide
  • How to handle suicide prevention
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College and Youth Suicide Prevention: Suicide is the Second Leading Cause of Death

As a college and youth speaker can captivate the attention of youth and college age students regarding mental illness and suicide.  Frank is  forthcoming on his lifelong battle with depression and thoughts of suicide. Suicide Prevention is his passion and his purpose. He was literally born to it.

Depression and suicide run in his family. It’s called Generational Depression and Suicide. His grandmother died by suicide, his mother found her. His great aunt died by suicide, his mother and he found her. He was four-years old.  Frank has come close enough to dying by suicide that he can tell you what the barrel of his gun tastes like. Which is a perspective that many mental health speakers cannot match. He’s been there, and almost done that.

Program content is divided into four chapters:

  •  Mental Health Literacy and How to Start That Conversation
  •  How to Facilitate Resilience, Recovery and Return to Class
  •  How to Handle Suicide Prevention and Postvention on Campus
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Bullying Prevention and Response Training

The goal of this keynote is to empower you to understand bullying and how to take best practices and implement comprehensive, long-term prevention. Research shows that bullying is a public health and safety issue that negatively impacts outcomes for the youth involved. It is important to highlight bullying as a public health problem to keep children safe.

  • How to take a public health approach to preventing bullying
  • How to engage a variety of community stakeholders to address bullying
  • Top Do’s and Don’t’s in addressing bullying, as well as common strategies to avoid bullying will be discussed
  • Overarching goal of the keynote is to empower attendees to understand bullying and how to take best practices and implement comprehensive, long-term prevention
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Senior Citizen Suicide Prevention: Depression and the Elderly

Should suicide in elderly populations a major concern? Yes, it’s a huge concern. We must address it far better. Adults aged 65 and older have one of the highest rates of suicide. Those 85 and older have the highest rate among adults. This may or may not come as a surprise to many people. While giant strides have already been taken to help seniors, we can do much more. To help the mental health of our seniors, we first must understand why it’s happening and identify roadblocks to getting them the help they so desperately need. Why is the elderly population is the“forgotten” demographic? And what can we do about that.

  •  Mental Health Literacy, the Elderly and How to Start That Conversation
  •  How to Facilitate Recovery, Resilience and Renewed Zest for Life
  •  Suicide Prevention and Post-vention Techniques
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Suicide, The Secret of My Success; Dead Man Talking by Frank King

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Born to Be Funny: The Mental Health Comedian

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We have heard all kinds of positive comments about your performance. Great job, Frank!

Vice President, ACEC Washington

Hi Frank, I have been meaning to tell you what a wonderful time we all had with you. I received wonderful comments, most of which said that this was the best staff meeting we have ever had and that who ever has to do the next one will have a tough act to follow. Thank you so much, you really did make me look good.

Support Services Supervisor Environmental Health, Central District Health Dept.

He was such a delight and so hilarious, he kept us all laughing! Frank added a personal touch to his act by mingling with the crowd beforehand to get to know his audience and tailored it to our company. He was very professional, easy going and kept the humor appropriate for a corporate office party. After our company Christmas party, the party committee received numerous compliments on Frank. He was a real joy to have!

The Shelly Company Christmas Committee

Frank is wonderful!! We are so glad that we brought him in. So many people participated and we only had positive feedback.


Frank King was great, the group really enjoyed it! Now I need some help with ideas for next year. Each year it gets more challenging to find someone as good, or better than the previous year.

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