Laughter is the best medicine for new mums

Are you a new mum or mum-to-be? Then you might be interested in a new laughter and wellbeing group starting soon in Liverpool. 

A free taster session will be led by The Comedy Trust on Wednesday, 18th July, from 10am to 12noon at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool city centre. 

The session is part of The Comedy Trust’s new project ‘Feeling Funny Mums’ funded by the Big Lottery which aims to address some of the issues affecting mums and mums-to-be. 

Project manager, Helen Holden, explained: “Our new project ‘Feeling Funny Mums’ is aiming to highlight some of the issues surrounding prenatal or postnatal depression and improve the wellbeing of new mums and mums-to-be by offering support for those who’ve either had first-hand experience or who might just be in need of an alternative way to help boost their mood and/or meet other mums in a safe, supportive space. 

“We will be trying out different activities that will get you talking and laughing in a safe and non-judgemental environment. 

“There’s no pressure to do anything you don’t want to do, it’s more about getting an opportunity to meet like-minded people and share the lighter side of being a mum.” 

The Feeling Funny Mums programme aims to: 

  • Improve the confidence and wellbeing of mums 
  • Help mums to recognise they aren’t alone in what they are going or have gone through 
  • Empower mums to speak more openly about some of the issues they have experienced 
  • Help mums to combat self-discrimination and discrimination and stigma surrounding perinatal mental illness 

The fun and interactive workshop uses comedy and laughter to explore ways to build resilience and connect with others.  

Key messages will include the importance of looking after their wellbeing as an individual and a parent, the benefits of talking to other people and sharing feelings and finding coping strategies through humour.  

Following the taster session, the Comedy Trust will be hosting a regular drop-in group which will run for 10 weeks starting in September it is looking for 10-15 participants to sign-up for the trial session on the 18th July. 

Mums are welcome to bring your babies/toddlers with them to the session and there will also be limited creche facilities available. 

Even if you come to this session, you don’t have to come to the 10-week group. But if you do enjoy it you’d be more than welcome to join the regular group, where you can come as little or often as you like.

Alongside the drop-in group, The Comedy Trust will also be offering a free stand-up comedy course for mums who have experienced post-natal depression or anxiety in the past but feel they would now be ready to take on something that would require a little bit more confidence. Over seven weekly sessions, the course will give you the opportunity to work with a professional comedian to learn the basics of stand-up comedy and work towards writing and performing your own comedy piece around your own experiences as a parent and/or life in general.

Helen added: “The comedy routines can be used to raise awareness and help others to understand their condition in a light-hearted way and will demonstrate how alternative approaches to supporting maternal wellness can help to increase confidence and help mums take on challenges that they would never have imagined they would have.”

At the end of the course, participants will have the option of performing at a comedy night in front of an invited audience of family, friends, colleagues and partner organisations.  

To find out more or book your place email Helen at helen@thecomedytrust.com or call her on 07593 042930.