Humorous inspirational speaker, author and standup comic Marti MacGibbon delivered a keynote speech at Iowa State University Memorial Union on September 13th. The event, “An Evening of Healing and Hope: Laughter is the Best Medicine, was part of National Recovery Month, and the University’s lecture series, and was organized and sponsored by Youth Shelter Services, a mental health provider in Ames, Iowa. Marti’s talk focused on hope, resiliency, and empowerment when overcoming adversity and challenges. She provided down to earth strategies for self-empowerment and motivation, and personal insights into mental health, trauma recovery, and addiction recovery, using stories to illustrate talking points. In the face of the current addiction epidemic which has claimed the lives of so many young people, Marti’s message is especially important. Ms. MacGibbon also signed copies of her nationally award-winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.
Event planner Jill Hill, Associate Director of Addiction Services at Youth Shelter Services, provided this testimonial:
“Marti delivered an excellent presentation, which included heartfelt messages, sharing her personal tragedies and how she overcame those life events. Marti used humor to send an excellent message to the audience. The response from the audience was overwhelming and the feedback was amazing. A huge thanks to Marti MacGibbon.”