Magician to unlock topics of suicide, mental health in appearance at Christ Church Cranbrook

Anthony Grupido is a 2013 graduate of Lake Orion High School.

Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills presents suicide prevention and mental health awareness speaker and magician Anthony Grupido on Sunday, January 15.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people age 10-34, fourth leading cause of death in people age 35-54 and seventh leading cause of death for people age 55-64 (according to the Center for Disease Control). Unfortunately, many have been touched in some way by the tragedy of depression and suicide.

Many people are uncomfortable talking about suicide, some even feel that talking about it gives people the idea to do it when studies have shown “that talking about suicide may in fact reduce, rather than increase suicidal ideation, and may lead to improvements in mental health in treatment-seeking populations.” (

The event begins at 11:45 a.m. as Grupido shares his personal story about surviving suicide and overcoming mental adversity to his audience. In elementary school, he was bullied so badly he had to move schools. During high school, his wrestling career ended after suffering a head injury and tearing both of his rotator cuffs. He fell into a deep depression and had to overcome self-harm and suicide. Not only did he survive but he thrived to become the person he is today.

Using his talents as a magician, Grupido provides a visual presentation that brings the house down. His goal is to provide the tools necessary to deal with a mental health crisis and provide hope to those who are in need.

Topics include:

  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Anti-bullying
  • Self-responsibility
  • Substance Abuse

The American Museum of Magic calls Grupido ‘Metro-Detroit’s Busiest Magician’. He has traveled the U.S. performing a motivational magic show in every major city. Along his journey, he built a metaphor that shows the course from crisis to hope. He has appeared on Fox and NBC; he pushes others to think critically and accomplish dreams one goal at a time.

Today, he travels around the United States and Canada sharing his personal story about overcoming mental adversity.

Cranbrook’s Parish Health Ministry and Children and Youth Ministry co-sponsor this hour-long event after worship service in the hospitality center. Content is geared for a wide audience from middle-school up to 100 years old. All are invited to attend.

For details, call (248) 644-5210.