Prevention & Awareness

About Chris Gethard’s HBO Special: Career Suicide


HBO is airing a new comedy special called Chris Gethard: Career Suicide on Saturday, May 6. Active Minds is proud to serve as a resource for his first HBO comedy special.

Many years ago Chris was a speaker at Active Minds’ national conference!

Chris is a (wry, funny, makes-you-laugh-just-looking-at-him) comedian who talks about his own personal struggles with anxiety, major depression, and suicidal ideation and attempts. He uses humor to make these topics more relatable and accessible to his audiences.

The show is great. It does have content that may be triggering to some people (and that does not entirely follow the guidelines that we at Active Minds use in our storytelling initiatives).

We believe the only way to combat stigma is by talking about our real experiences. As a person in long-term recovery, Chris is doing that in a deeply personal way, and we applaud his strength and vulnerability.

Chris and HBO also created a wonderful three-minute video called “A Story That’s Everywhere” where he talks with friends about how difficult it is to be open about their struggles with mental health. The video is authentic, funny, and heartfelt — we hope you’ll watch!

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or by texting “BRAVE” to 741-741 to reach Crisis Text Line.

If you are a friend to a person who is in treatment or recovery from a mental health condition, you can find more resources at

– The Active Minds Team