Comedy Central UK has anxiety issues on its Mind (VIDEO)
Comedy Central UK has joined with mental health charity Mind to focus the spotlight on anxiety with a series of performances by comedians who have and do suffer from mental health problems.
As well as raising funds for Mind, Comedy Central will feature the comedians in TV spots and will also push viewers to the Mind website, where the 10 full videos are available.
Edinburgh Comedy Awards best newcomer winner Sofie Hagen – performing, above – is one of them.
Sofie said: “There are two ways you can feel alone. There is the good alone which involves a duvet, some pizza, some more pizza, Comedy Central and no bra. And there is the bad alone, where you think the world is too much and no one else feels the same. I am supporting Mind because people need to know that a lot of people are struggling with something and we should all struggle together – with pizza.”
One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year and, for people with anxiety, every day can feel like they’re about to go on stage. MIND is there to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “We’re delighted Comedy Central has chosen to support Mind, and launch the partnership in such an innovative, and engaging, way! We know laughter can boost wellbeing and hope that the #PerformanceAnxiety campaign will bring young people together, make them laugh and – most importantly – reach an audience of people who may not feel that they can talk about their mental health."
You can watch and share the full stand-up sets at mind.org.uk/stage or text STAGE to 70660 to donate £3 to Mind.
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