Stand-up comedy course for men at risk of suicide wins NHS funding

Comedy On Referral will help vulnerable adults in London after successful course in Bristol for trauma survivors

Stand-up comedy is regularly listed as one of the toughest jobs in the world, featuring heavily in 90% of people’s top 10 fears.

But a course helping some of the most vulnerable people in the country by teaching them to be comedians is proving so successful that it is being socially prescribed by NHS trusts and private practices across the country.

“I’ve taught comedy for 10 years, and students often told me how much stronger, more resilient and happier they were after exploring their personal histories through stand-up comedy,” said Angie Belcher, founder of Comedy on Referral and comedian-in-residence at Bristol University.

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