Rob Gee worked for twelve years as a registered nurse in inpatient mental health units around England, Scotland and Australia. Working mainly in adult mental health, he also worked in child and adolescent units, drug and alcohol services, dementia settings, eating disorders, early psychosis intervention and psychiatric intensive care.
Rob currently has three solo shows about mental health. One of these, Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer's Whodunnit, has been used by several NHS trusts to train healthcare staff in ethics and reporting concerns. He regularly leads bespoke comedy, improvisation, poetry and creative writing workshops in inpatient mental health settings, as well as for artists interested in mental health. He is lead artist for the Comedy Asylum and patron of Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project (LAMP).
Rob regularly performs at health events and conferences around the U.K. Clients include The Department of Health, various NHS Trusts, Unison, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Care Services Improvement Partnership and Mind.
Comedy and poetry can offer a dynamic and enjoyable new way to support the wellbeing of your staff. A workforce that thinks creatively can find it easier to solve problems, which ultimately leads to a happier workplace.
I remember when you came into the ward I was in. I was completely psychotic and didn't know what was real or not. What I do remember so vividly is you making me laugh so hard I felt alive for that moment in time. That very day I was able to see what was real and actually made it out for an escorted walk. I found me again through laughter and that was down to you. I just wanted to say a great big thank you.
Former inpatient, Bradgate Mental Health Unit, Leicester
(One participant) rarely smiled, and was clearly uncomfortable through a large part of the workshops. However, through the workshops, and thanks to encouragement and work from the whole group she performed her jokes several times in short sections throughout the performance on the night with a beaming smile.
Project Evaluation Report, BrightSparks Arts in Mental Health Group