Neil Hughes

is creating Encouraging Mental Health Comedy

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About Neil Hughes

For years, I lived with anxiety.

Nobody else knew. I lived, worked, dated, and even did standup comedy, all while I was internally falling apart.

Through a series of unusual events, I discovered how to manage my brain better. Afterwards, I wrote a funny book and did a successful comedy TED talk, sharing the helpful links I found between anxiety and the physics of custard.

Now I give humorous-helpful talks about mental health to schools, businesses, universities, conferences, and wherever else I am invited*. I want us all to be able to open up about our feelings, and to better manage thoughts and emotions. And it's amazing what rambly stories, silly jokes, and badly drawn graphs can achieve.

* much like a vampire, I require invites, and don't like looking in mirrors


(Actually, I have many! But let's focus on one.)

Many schools and charities would love to have me speak to their students or at their events. However, many places lack the funding to make it possible. And, as much as I'd like to, I can't afford to offer my time for free.

(Each event takes at least two days away from other work—to prepare and perform.)

This makes me sad. This work is important and I'd love to do it more often. Many of us struggle with anxiety or depression at some time in our lives, and yet most don't realise how common it is.

I want to use humour to help a wide audience to understand and manage their mental health.

Right now, with your help, I'm offering these events for free to these schools and charities who are otherwise unable to pay.

And the plan goes further...


I'd also like to create resources to share more widely. Partly this'll be out of necessity—there'll be times when, say, schools are closed or on exams, and I won't be able to fill the budgeted speaking slots for that time. 

And I'll use that opportunity to create awesome mental health content. I already write about mental health, but I've long dreamed of being able to justify devoting proper time* to creating YouTube videos or podcasts or interactive web experiences, and more.

* like, longer than the measly hour I spent creating the deliberately imperfect** video for this page

** why deliberately imperfect? To force my brain to get over the fear and vulnerability of crowdfunding 
😅 Instead of trying to prove my anxiety wrong by being perfect (which, if I'm honest, I find quite difficult to achieve), I find it easier to demonstrate to myself that being imperfect is rarely the actual end of the world.

What I'm saying is this: I'll take your support seriously, and there'll always be something to show for it—whether live events or online content.

And, of course, if you support me, you'll have a say in the direction this grows in! Together we can build amazing resources for anxiety and mental health.

I'll regularly seek your input, send you amusing stories, and together we can refine the plan as we go.

Thanks for reading <3


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