Comic Relief supports mental health project

Tash Alexander
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Sometimes it’s difficult to smile, difficult to laugh, but thanks to Comic Relief thousands of people living through tough times will be able to put a smile on the faces.

Tash Alexander (pictured above) knows how your donations can make a difference, the entrepreneur is behind Head Held High’s Stand up for Yourself, a project providing daily workshops inspiring people affected by mental health to try their hand at stand-up comedy.

Alexander, from Muswell Hill, London, told Islington Gazette: “We analyse how comedians communicate which teaches us how to develop everyday life skills.

“At the end of the programme, participants present a five-minute stand-up comedy routine in front of a live audience. Participants learn how to unlock creativity, overcome anxiety and present with style and self-belief.

"We’ve worked with a range of groups including disengaged young people lacking in motivation and direction, some displaying negative behaviour or on the verge of exclusion from school."

The social enterprise supports people who have been in contact with Mind as well as ex-offenders and those who have been out of work for a long period of time, last year the project received a grant from Comic Relief to continue its support to the local community.

"Outcomes have exceeded our expectations," said Alexander. "After completing the course we’ve seen individuals return to education, set up their own businesses, have increased conviction in their own ability to move forward in a positive way.

"Social interaction within the group gives many participants a real sense of achievement.”

For more information visit the Head Held High website.

Comic Relief 2021 is on tonight, Friday March 19 from 7pm on BBC One and available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.