UNRELIABLE NARRATOR (A Comedic Guide to Mental Health) is what happens when you become a comedian, then a motivational speaker, then a published author, speak to audiences of thousands, and run a thriving business… only to discover success doesn’t solve your problems, it reveals them.
While managing major depressive disorder as well as generalized anxiety disorder, Colin spent 10 years as a speaker creating spaces for audiences to talk openly about an extremely taboo subject: their finances.
Now Colin is bringing his award-winning presenting style, which emphasizes humor and vulnerability, to empower audiences to better understand and manage the stories they tell themselves.
Using hilarious true stories from the life of an at-times depressed motivational speaker, Colin will create an authentic conversation around mental health, self-care, shame-reduction, and the power of laughing during tough times. Don't miss this event!
Why is VCET hosting this event?
We think it's safe to say that everyone's mental health has been challenged in the past year, in one way or another. Not only can the humor and vulnerability in Colin's show speak to the stresses of entrepreneurship, they are made even more poignant amidst the pandemic. His show de-stigmatizes mental health, and brings honesty and universality to new spaces. We are excited to be able to offer this virtually to our community and beyond.
Mental Health Resources
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Colin Ryan is the author of “A Comedic Guide to Money,” was named one of the top 10 money presenters in the U.S., and has spoken to more than 500,000 students and adults.As a comedic financial speaker, Colin uses humor and storytelling to bring the dry but important subject of personal finance to life. His central message: your ability to manage your money directly affects your ability to have the life you want.
Colin has partnered with National Geographic TV and spoken at over 100 universities. In 2016 he won The Moth’s storytelling GrandSlam and has been featured on NPR, The Moth Radio Hour, and in Reader’s Digest. His comedy benefit series has raised over $150,000 for good causes.
Colin lives in Durham, North Carolina, and has been called ‘Hysterical’ by Seven Days, ‘Captivating’ by the National Jumpstart Coalition, and ‘A Special Boy’ by his mom.
Colin won The Moth’s storytelling GrandSlam and his stories have been featured on NPR, PBS, and The Moth Radio Hour. His story “Saved By the Belle “ was named one of the “Best Stories in America” by Reader’s Digest in 2016.