Vanessa tells us how she became inspired to co-organise Comedy for Depression
We started running Comedy for Depression six years ago in her memory. What began as a much smaller affair has grown into a successful annual event, raising money to better support the one in six of us who live with depression in our lifetimes.
While so many memories of our wonderful mum are wrapped up with her illness, we still spend a lot of time together reminiscing about the fun times we had as a family.
Running a comedy event in her memory is a fitting way to honour her and help us to focus on those happier times. We know for sure that Mum would love this event, and it's a real honour to be able to raise money for Friends in Need - a service Mind runs following the merger with Depression Alliance last year.
We’re so grateful for the amazing support shown by everyone who has bought tickets, the many who return year after year, and to the incredible comedians who have generously donated their time.
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s event. Please join us if you can, or share this post with friends and family to help us spread the word about Comedy for Depression.
Comedy for Depression:
Comedy for Depression is a night of live comedy to raise money and awareness for Friends in Need at Mind.
This year's gig will take place at the iconic Union Chapel, Islington on Thursday 4th May and will showcase some of the country's finest comedy talent, including the fantastic Tom Allen, Felicity Ward, Luisa Omielan, Suzi Ruffell, Alistair Williams, Jonny Pelham and John Robertson.
Tickets are £16 full price or £12 concessions, plus booking fee www.comedyfordepression.com
Friends in Need:
Friends in need is a free and supportive community for everyone affected by depression, so you don’t have to go through it alone. You can find new friends in your local area and online, so you’ll always have a safe and friendly space when you need it most.
To find out more about Friends in Need and the merger with Depression Alliance, click here.
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