They say laughter is the best medicine so if you want to test out the theory and have a go at stand-up comedy then Feeling Funny Mums might be just the thing for you.
This free stand-up comedy course led by The Comedy Trust is open to mums who have experienced pre or post-natal depression or anxiety but are now feeling ready to try something both uplifting and empowering (and a little bit scary!)
Over seven weekly sessions, you will be guided through the basics of stand-up comedy by a professional comedian and drama practitioner, who will support and encourage you to write and perform your own short comedy routine.
The course then culminates in an optional showcase performance in front of an invited performance of your friends, family and/or colleagues.
These unique courses have not only been designed to help to improve your mental health and wellbeing, but to also give you the opportunity to shine a light on the important subject of maternal mental health issues through humour and laughter.
Running every Tuesday from 29th October to 10th December 2019, the Feeling Funny Mums course aims to:
- Increase confidence and self-esteem
- Help you stay well
- Provide a social opportunity to meet like-minded mums
- Allow you to share your experiences and recognise the challenges of being a mum, good, bad and everything in between
- Help break down the stigma surrounding PND and give hope to new mums and mums-to-be who are still going through it
After experiencing post-natal depression, Gudrun took part in the first Feeling Funny Mums course earlier this year. She said: “When I found the Feeling Funny Mums course, I had been out of my big post-natal crisis but could still slip back into anxieties when more tired than usual, stressed or overwhelmed.
“The course was amazing, the tutors and organisers are really helpful and supportive so if anyone had any mental health issues it felt safe to talk about them. I enjoyed that it was a weekly fix-point in my calendar where I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, got great advice on how to improve my performance but also had two hours of belly laughs.
“The show itself was really exhilarating and I enjoyed being on stage and being able to make people laugh. I now think about a lot of moments in my life now how I could turn them into comedy. I have also started to talk about my mental health issues more openly and in greater detail with my friends and families.
“You don’t have to believe yourself to be funny, everybody has a funny streak somewhere and they’re really good at facilitating you to find it and develop it.”
Mum Ria joined the course after feeling at a low ebb. She added: “I felt like we all bonded really quickly and it was lovely to have a new group of friends and something fun to do once a week. Some of the other mums are hilarious and I felt like I just laughed for the whole two-hour session!
“Because everyone was in the same boat it was a lot less nerve-wracking than you’d expect, but there was never any pressure to perform if you were having a bad day. The final performance was brilliant, I had such an amazing night and it felt like a huge achievement. All my friends and family came to support me and it was fab. We were also featured on The One Show on BBC1!
“The course gave me something positive to focus on each week and doing something creative helped me feel better. I’m now back at work and doing OK, and still see my comedy friends regularly. I’ve signed up to perform at a local comedy night in a few months and hope to keep on doing stand-up as a hobby.
“If you’re thinking about doing the course, I would say definitely do it! I feel so lucky to have had the chance and to have met such a wonderful group of friends.”
The course takes place at the Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. To find out more about the course and how to apply, contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 702 5893 / 07593042930.