Tennessee Comedians And Volunteers Launch The Turn To Laughter Campaign

Friday, August 22, 2014

In an effort to fight depression, bullying and suicide, Tennessee comedians and volunteers are coming together to launch the Turn to Laughter Campaign this weekend, Aug. 23 and 24.

The inaugural premier will be held in Crossville on Saturday night and will gather supporters from the region, as organizers share the campaign vision to help fight depression and bullying by turning to laugher as an alternative. Comedian Kiley Gray will introduce the “Turn To Laughter” Campaign and lead a moment of silence with a toast to Robin Williams.

“We believe the Turn To Laughter Campaign can offer a fresh hope to fighting depression and bullying by utilizing the career and comedy exemplified by the late Robin Williams,” said Aleq Boyle, national director of Fremont Civic Philanthropies & The Civic Society of America. “We invite citizens, wherever they may be, to raise a glass and join Tennessee to honor Robin Williams and help fight against depression, bullying and suicide on Saturday night.”

"This weekend, while a modest effort will continue developing awareness, it is important to provide numbers and contact information to any who are dealing with depression, bullying and related matters," officials said. To seek help or reach out for counsel, the local to Chattanooga number is: 423-634-8995, the Tennessee and North Georgia crisis 24-hour number is 1-800-704-2651. U.S. military veterans and active duty service members may call 1-800-273-8255 and press option one. For more information regarding depression and bipolar local to Chattanooga, please visit http://www.dbsachattanooga.org/

This is a state-wide Tennessee event for the weekend of Aug. 23-24. For questions about the event or the Turn To Laughter Campaign, please contact Aleq Boyle at 615-208-4401.

 


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