Depression Treatment Through Stand-up Comedy
On 20 August 2014
The recent death of Robin Williams has once again drawn attention to how serious depression can be if it is not treated properly and if the people suffering from it are not getting the attention they deserve. Unfortunately, over 39.000 people in the United States die by suicide every year and over 60% of those people suffer from major depression.
In order to try and fight with the constant threat of this horrible disease, a local counselor from Victoria founded a therapy group called Stand Up For Mental Health, where he encourages people suffering from depression to get on stage and make others laugh. The logic behind this is pretty simple: people suffering from depression have a low self esteem and find it hard to enjoy the simple things that once made them happy, show a persistent sad mood and loss of interest in any type of activity.
The counselor believes that getting up on the stage helps them regain their confidence and it helps them connect with others and realize they are not alone in this fight. “We take some of the blackest moments in people’s lives, we turn them into stand-up comedy, and then they stand up in front of a theatre full of people and they tell them these stories. And people laugh and applaud and tell them how great they are.”
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