STAND UP TO STIGMA
STAND UP TO STIGMA
In March 2014 The Comedy Trust were successfully awarded a Time To Change grant to work in partnership with St. Helens Mind, Addaction and St. Helens Council to engage 45 people living with poor mental health in comedy workshops that:
Improved their confidence and communication skills
equipped participants with the skills to write and perform a stand-up comedy routine
Use creative skills to devise activities to engage the public in meaningful one to one conversation
The project culminated in a series of free comedy events in public libraries and other venues throughout St.Helens where project participants performed to the public and engaged in social contact with audience members in order to challenge the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health.
We delivered three 6 week comedy workshop programmes working with each of our primary partners as a way to help recruit and engage a diverse selection of participants. Each group engaged 15 participants:
Addaction - supporting workshops for people who are suffering from the effects of alcohol and substance misuse which subsequently has affected their mental health and people who have turned to alcohol and drugs as a result of poor mental health.
St. Helens Mind - We were the link organisation to promote the workshops to people with mental health issues through their networks and contacts
St Helens Council - We were the link organisation to promote workshops to staff within the Local Authority, Housing Association Workforce and general public
If you are interested in our mental health and well-being courses please get in touch and let us know on the contact details supplied: helen@thecomedytrust,com | 0151 702 5893
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“A special camaraderie developed between the course participants, with firm friendships being formulated as a result. I would highly recommend doing a comedy course to anyone and everyone; it’s one of THE best things I have ever done – I may even do another one if another opportunity presents itself!"