EITC helped people connect and have fun on Blue Monday
Last week, Everton in the Community and the Comedy Trust came together on ‘Blue Monday’ to promote positive mental wellbeing through the art of laughter.
Dubbed ‘the most depressing day of the year’, the third Monday in January saw local comedian, Sam Avery, join Everton in the Community participants for an online workshop, covering how humour can improve mental wellbeing, build resilience and help make connections.
Those tuning in enjoyed an insight into developing comedy skills, learned how laughter can encourage rapport and help develop new coping and problem-solving strategies, and examined how to use humour as a filter for life’s challenges.
Sam also highlighted how humour can help connect with other people and build lasting relationships, as well as techniques to add humour to your daily routine for a happier, healthier future.
“‘Blue Monday’ is seen as the most depressing day of the year, so we wanted to try and bring some happiness and positivity to our participants and showcase how humour can be used to make a positive difference to mental wellbeing. […] We’re grateful for the support of the Comedy Trust and for their help in putting the spotlight on one of life’s fundamental coping mechanisms – laughter.”Johnnie Garside, Everton in the Community’s Health and Wellbeing Manager