Mental health awareness night at The Owl

By Costa Maragos Posted: January 23, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Haris Khan, a comedian and fourth-year environmental science student, brings his show to The Owl January 28.
Haris Khan, a comedian and fourth-year environmental science student, brings his show to The Owl January 28. Photo - External Relations

Haris Khan has a knack for using humour to tackle some serious issues. Khan is a professional comedian and a fourth-year environmental science student in the faculty of science. He’s co-hosting an evening of poetry and comedy that will focus on mental health. The event is at the Owl January 28 at 7 p.m.

The first part of the evening will have guest speakers talking about mental health and even sharing some of their poetry. The second half of the show will feature stand-up comedy from Khan and Ryan Ash.

Mixing laughs with such a sensitive issue as mental health is nothing new for Khan.

The show on January 28 is the latest in Khan’s series of outreach events. Previous shows include Stand Up for the homeless, Stand Up for Victims of Domestic Violence, Stand Up for Animal Welfare and a show called Stand up for Humanity -   – an evening promoting religious tolerance.  

Khan figures his shows have raised more than $20,000 for local charities. His latest show is about creating awareness and breaking the taboo.

“This idea to always give back to the community started from an early age for me,” says Khan. “Since growing up both of my parents focused on charity. My parents taught me to help others. When I became a comedian, I felt I could make an impact through humour.”

Khan is finding a loyal audience for his unique brand of ethnically-diverse humour.  

He started doing stand-up comedy in 2010 and hasn’t stopped since. He has performed his act locally, across Canada and completed his first international comedy tour in 2015. His efforts on stage and in the community received a wider recognition in 2015 when he was voted one of CBC’s Future 40 winners. That same year, he was also voted as the Best comedian of 2015 (Runner-up) by Prairie Dog Regina.

Khan hopes his concert focusing on mental health will get people talking about this sensitive topic.

The speakers at the show are:
- Brenda Dubois, from the Aboriginal Student Center.
- Shannon Patton – Canadian Mental Health Association – Regina branch.
- Kyle Moffat – Founder of Project YANA (You are not alone)
- Ashley Landers a student enrolled in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
The event is supported by the University of Regina Students’ Union, UR International, Regina Engineering Students' Society, Social Work Student Society, UR Women’s and Gender Studies Student Society and FHQ Developments.
Venue:  The Owl – University of Regina
Date:    January 28, 2017
Time:    7:00 p.m.
Free Admission