In case you didn’t know by now, I help facilitate a Peer Support group in my local area, where people with lived experience of mental illness come to sit down, have a chat, talk about their problems, or as was the case this morning, have a laugh!
There are times when the subjects discussed are very serious, with dark overtones and the informal nature of the group allows people to disclose, without fear of judgment or criticism. Today though, was a different matter altogether. The tone was set early on by a group member mishearing what I said, so we had a Carry On film moment where the comment made by the group member was slightly risqué.
Then another group member told us of his week, and that made the whole group dissolve into laughter. I was only deputising to my esteemed colleague today, but I couldn’t help making funny comments and the occasional joke. All in context of course, and I certainly wouldn’t be of that jolly nature if it was a serious subject.
It was the best group we’ve had in a long time. We all felt good at the end of the session, and they say that laughter is the best medicine. Who needs tablets and therapies when the seven people who sat there this morning would have cheered anyone up. Just a real joy to be there.