For the last five years Four Women for Mental Health (Janice Beattie, Carol Coote, Susan Hertz and Debra Montanini) along with committee members Amanda Bruce and Comena Hudy have hosted an increasingly popular Punchline Comedy Night in Regina. In its inaugural year, 300 people attended, five years later, the Comedy Night has grown to over 850 and raised over $295,000 in support of Mental Health in our community.
Comedians such as Big Daddy Tazz, Tim Nutt, Graham Chittenden, Kelly Taylor, Myles Morrison, Corey Mack, Erica Sigurdson, Dean Jenkinson, Lars Callieou and Sean Lecomber have all helped us laugh our way to better mental health.
In the first three years the proceeds were donated to the Phoenix Residential Society to support their community based programs, and to purchase a new Fort Transit 15 passenger van and over $51,000 of furniture and supplies to house complex needs individuals who are homeless and in need of intensive supports.
For the last two years PLCN proceeds have gone to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Regina Branch whom offer programming for over 1000 members. Funds were used to renovate their kitchen and to support their holiday food services program where they prepare and serve 11,500 meals every year. Eight Buddy Benches were installed in various schools throughout Regina. Funds also supported CMHA Regina Branch's community engagement programing, including implementation of training and certificate programs such as "safeTalk" (suicide alertness training) and for staff certification for facilitation of the "ASK" program (suicide alertness in the under 14 age group). Social programming items included a new pool table, 12 drums, new club chairs, a tv, board games and Wii Fit.
In 2016 the Four Women for Mental Health were awarded a Women of Distinction Award in the Circle of Friends category for their fundraising efforts for Mental Health.
Thank you for supporting “Punchline Comedy Night” and helping CMHA-Regina continue to provide nutritious meals to their members. They also provide pre-vocation and vocational programming and are helping to build a mentally healthy community through Community Engagement.