Comedy Gala for Mental Health raises vital funds to support our work in Scotland

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us in Edinburgh recently for a fantastic evening at our annual ‘Comedy Gala for Mental Health,’ as part of the annual Fringe.

Over 150 people came along for a fantastic evening full of laughter, while helping to raise vital funds to support our work in the arts across Scotland.  The evening, hosted by the fabulous Felicity Ward, featured performances from a whole host of talent, including Tony Slattery, Yana Alana and Adele Anderson.

The event is unique as it consists entirely of performers who can talk about mental health from their own lived experience – and who are often addressing mental health in their own shows at the Fringe.

Now in its fourth year at the Pleasance Dome, the event has already raised thousands of pounds for a good cause, while establishing itself as one of the most distinctive, ahead of the curve shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. For the past two years, acts performing at the Gala have gone on to win the Edinburgh Comedy Award - Richard Gadd in 2016 and Hannah Gadsby in 2017. Another of last year’s performers, Robert White, is now a household name thanks to his appearances on Britain’s Got Talent.

Andrew Eaton-Lewis, arts lead for the Mental Health Foundation, said: “We’re delighted at the success of this year’s show and incredibly grateful to all the performers for giving us their time. It was a terrific show, and it was great that so many people came along to enjoy the night while raising vital funds to support our work in the arts at the same time.”