Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt
A keynote/program that combines Broadway-Style theatre with suicide prevention and mental health education. It has toured 75+ locations across North America, Europe, and Australia.
It is a 90 minute, 3 component keynote/program:
Part 1) Theatre 15 character, 7 song one-man Broadway-style play Kicking My Blue Genes In The Butt that’s comedic and poignant and discusses both Josh's grandfather's and father’s tragic suicides. It’s a primal piece of live-storytelling that creates an emotional connection to the powerful message that mental wellness is attainable and suicide is preventable.
Part 2) A keynote session where Josh discusses suicide prevention; intervention tactics from some of his own lived experience, and tips for resilience and positive mental health and living mentally well.
Part 3) A Q&A session
Planning Guide &
A Sample of the Book
Based on the Program
Also on The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Recommended Reading List
“Thank you for today's performance. It was incredible. I laughed a lot, and I also cried a bit. The other students raved about the event as well.”
-M.S. from Winthrop University
“I found the work and the performance to be a great lead in to a discussion about the number two cause of death among college age youth. Thank you Josh!”
-C.R. from Carthage College
“I've been having some problems lately, and after the show we had with you, I started thinking about them some more. You said that if you are sick you go to a doctor, so if your brain is sick, you should go to a doctor for that too. I know now that I need help.”
-Anon from Defiance College