There's a program in Pierce County that helps people living with mental illness work through challenges, using laughter as therapy. "Stand Up for Mental Health" is an actual comedy class that helps people learn to boost their confidence and self-esteem and in turn, break through the stigma of mental illness. The class culminates in a live comedy showcase, where students can perform their routines for family, friends and the community.
Ann Rider from Optum Regional Support Netowrk, which funded the program, joined Margaret to talk more about the benefits of comedy as therapy, along with Shari Gylling, a student in the current class (Ann is also a student).
The Stand Up for Mental Health Comedy Showcase takes place at 7:00pm, Friday, March 28 - Tacoma Community College. Tickets cost $12 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID), which provided the class with funding from Optum Regional Support Network (Pierce County).
Optum Regional Support Network (Pierce County)
24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: 800-576-7764 (TDD: 866-353-7180)
NON-CRISIS NUMBER: 877-780-5222