Harriet Dyer

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Hello, I hope you're well? I'm Harriet Dyer, an alternative comedian (and now speaker too) based in the UK. In 2014 I was diagnosed with Bipolar and ever since then i've been using my comedy to help spread awareness about mental health. Here is a clip of such - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/disability-39379545/h...

Due to my mental health I started to find gigging difficult so crafted my own little circuit of opportunities that worked best for me. I wanted something to help me see some "ups" when i'm stuck downwards in a vortex of bipolar doom so started a podcast called, "Don't Worry, Bi (polar) Happy." It's a weekly podcast of brain guff, attempting to be positive and telling good people's good news each week. It seems to be doing well so thank you so much for listening, it really is appreciated. Doing the podcast really has changed my life for the better, even when at my darkest times it's given me a focus. I want to expand the podcast and interview people who have acquired positivity out of a struggle, people who are inspirational in the mental health world and of course people that still struggle as such is mental health. 

Barking Tales is my mental health comedy night. All the comedians do material related to mental health and the audiences that come tend to have mental health issues too. It's one of it's kind, has built up quite the little community and in January this year it won City Life / Manchester Evening News "Best Comedy Night in Manchester" beating big dogs like The Comedy Store / Frog and Bucket etc. I was most chuffed, couldn't believe it. 

As a lot of people that come to the night are too ill to work / on benefits / volunteer etc there's no entry fee, it's just donations after if people can afford it and anything made goes back in to the night, I make nothing from it myself. I'd love for more to be put in to this night as obviously the more money that goes in, the better acts we can get, I try to do a Christmas special for everyone with buffet and all that and then there's extras like when someone comes from far away so I need to pay out for hotel etc too. March 5th the night's branching out to London too which should be good and the plan eventually is to have my own wheelchair accessible venue to act as a safe space community / wellbeing centre with Barking Tales and similar events happening all the time so yes, thank you so much for reading, if you can bung anything to help with any of these projects i'd be oh so grateful. Have yourself a splendid day, thanks again.

Harriet xx
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-4820...



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