Comedian goes into the lab to reduce suicide

By Corin Kelly
Thursday, 06 October, 2016



Comedian goes into the lab to reduce suicide

A lightbulb moment after a show on a cruise ship four years ago was a career turning point for comedian Mark McConville.
The Brisbane stand-up comic and now Griffith student was approached by a woman from the audience, who told him after the show it was the first time in three years she had heard her husband laugh out loud.
“She told me it had been three years since her husband, an SAS professional, had had a booby trap blow up in front of him whilst on duty in Afghanistan,” says Mark who is studying  a Masters in Suicidology at Griffith’s Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention.
Now Mark – who is presenting ‘The Laughter Clinic” at each of Griffith’s five campuses as part of Uni Mental Health & Well-being Week during 10 -14 October– is collaborating with AISRAP to conduct research into the precise ways that humour and laughter can help reduce suicidality.
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