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 had a brilliant time… there was a lovely atmosphere in the room… I love how recovery focused and positive it was, and how patients were empowered to have their voice and their view of their lived experiences. I would love to see more groups like this that celebrate individuality.
Community Psychiatric Nurse, Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
The comedy asylum changed my mind set and gave me a sense of enormous wellbeing. I love being silly and using the things I've learnt to create something new. It's a great way to explore myself and push boundaries. Seeing people who've had similar struggles to me go on stage with confidence of who they are and making everyone smile... that's what I want. Writing that poem for my Gran and her saying it made her day and making her laugh… that was one of the greatest achievements of my life. I can safely say, with absolute assurance; as a service user, meeting you and going to the Comedy Asylum has changed my life completely.
In session 2 I laughed for the first time in three years. Six months later I was writing a skit for a show that I then performed. I've not stopped laughing since. It's so powerful, laughter. And I'm so grateful you brought it back to my life.