Being a standup comedian is one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. It figures in 90% of people's top 10 fears. But Angie Belcher, founder of Comedy on Referral and Bristol University's comedian-in-residence, has used it as a tool for vulnerable populations to process their emotions and better cope with mental illness, PTSD, postnatal depression, and anxiety disorders. Her approach in the six-week course has been so successful, the National Health Service (NHS) trusts and private healthcare practices throughout the country are prescribing it. "I've taught comedy for 10 years, and students often told me how much stronger, more resilient and happier they were after exploring their personal histories through stand-up comedy," Belcher told The Guardian.

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