Rx Laughter Mission & Goals:
The goal of Rx Laughter since 1998 is to help people with serious emotional and physical life challenges such as addiction, trauma, cancer and chronic pain through the power of classic and contemporary comedy entertainment. We strive to bring immediate emotional and physical relief and illustrate long-term ways of using humor for improved resilience. Rx Laughter conceptualizes these unique projects and co-implements them with visionary educators, mental health experts and physicians at mental health centers and hospitals nationwide. Each innovative pilot project builds upon a solid, stable base with lots of feedback from everyone who participates for wise and grounded expansion.
Rx Laughter was founded and continues to be overseen by Sherry Dunay Hilber, veteran primetime comedy programming executive of ABC and CBS, who is dedicated to using her knowledge and experience to help people who are coping with serious illnesses.
Digital Media in Health Care through Rx Laughter:
Through the use of digital media, we are able to reach people nationwide by advancing the use of classic and contemporary comedy clips in health care. By doing so, we nurture a positive, humorous perspective to offer immediate relief and improve long-term coping of issues that might otherwise feel insurmountable. Existing comedy clips that are accessible on the internet can be used in health care in our free projects to watch during medical procedures, in support groups, in private therapy or during at home care by anyone with access to a smartphone, Ipad or other computer devices under the guidance and support of Rx Laughter and clinicians at hospitals and mental health centers.
Each person has their own unique way of actually doing this and has their own goals and desires. We are respectful of this in the design and implementation of our projects. Further, Rx Laughter does not espouse laughter as a cure-all. In fact, even though "laughter" is in our title, we are also very interested in the broader benefits of positive humor -- a way of viewing the world and our place in it.
For More Information:
More about some of our unique collaborations with medical centers, mental health clinics and artists can be found on our Accomplishments and Wellness Projects pages. Please note that while we remain interested in lab/medical research collaborations, our primary areas of focus for 2012 through 2014 are the therapeutic and educational benefits of humor.
501c3 Nonprofit Organization:
Originally started as a medical research project at UCLA, Rx Laughter became a national independent 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2003. Tax Exempt ID 20 037 9277. All donations are tax exempt to the fullest extent allowable by law.
Our administrative offices are headquartered in California.
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-Website designed by Daniel Simkins.
-Website text written and edited by Sherry Dunay Hilber.