Testimonials for The Laughter Clinic Keynote Presentation

"Thank you so much for delivering such a very professional seminar/presentation in such a sensitive manner. You made 'clever comedy' into compassionate humour for the soul :)  It was an amazing experience to sit in another role and to appreciate the integration of your newly acquired academic knowledge in suicide prevention with your 'other passion' for comedy and laughter. Entertainment has just been taken to another level in the field of suicidology."
Mrs Jacinta Hawgood
Senior Lecturer
Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Griffith University

“Running a national health and community focused conference we engaged Mark to present our closing plenary session, and he certainly delivered on our brief. He was a laugh a minute and successfully balanced comedy, audience engagement and facts to highlight the positive impacts humour can have on mental health. Mark brought a wealth of professionalism, knowledge, personal stories and supporting research to the session and his preparation ensured he spoke to the needs of our audience, while showcasing our conference theme. We would highly recommend Mark and his ‘Laughter Clinic’ to anyone wanting to raise awareness of mental health and Suicidology, gain practical tips and strategies to increase laughter in their lives and in the lives of family, friends and colleagues, all while having some fun along the way.”
Lindsay Whittaker
Event Manager & Marketing Coordinator
Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL)

The Laughter Clinic, combines comedy and laughter with the latest information and research in Suicidology to produce a fun, yet very powerful experience that helps participants find ways to increase their daily exposure to humour and laughter.

The more I learn about the complexities of suicide, and the multifaceted problems associated with suicide prevention, the more I believe in our innovative approach to a problem that has unfortunately reached epidemic proportions.

Globally, the suicide rate in 2012 was estimated at 804,000 people per year, even more staggering, is that for every one of these people who tragically end their own life, there are approximately 20-23 people who make a non-fatal attempt. That being the case, an estimated 16 million people a year globally attempt suicide. In Australia, where I live, the 2014 suicide data presented by the Australian Bureau of Statistics recently stated that in 2014 there were 2,864 deaths by suicide, which would put our attempted suicide rate at well over 50,000 people per year if these current estimates are correct.

In suicide prevention we talk about the 3 tiers of prevention, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. Our focus at The Laughter Clinic, is on Primary Prevention. That is, basically facilitating, or increasing the psychological, emotional, and sociological well-being of the population, while at the same time reducing their exposure to the known risk factors of suicidality. There’s a lot more to it than that obviously, however that’s the very basic gist of Primary Prevention, increase exposure to the good stuff, while decreasing the bad stuff.

The Laughter Clinic can play a significant role at the Primary Prevention level.

The Keynote Presentation

45 – 60 minute highly interactive presentation aimed at minimising symptoms of stress and depression using humour & laughter, improving connectedness and overall mental health.

The Workshops

4 x 45 mins Workshops These include practical tools for participants to use in their personal and professional lives which are aimed at helping increase mental wellness and productivity.


One on one consultation with Mark McConville to help facilitate increased exposure to humour and laughter, for personal & professional benefits of private clients, and or organizations.


We conduct research into the effects of humour and laughter in regards to minimising the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, therefore quantifying their protective value against suicidality.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about The Laughter Clinic, and our services. We look forward to your feedback, and hopefully your company, as we take action against all that is not funny in the world, by decreasing the bad stuff, while increasing the good stuff.

Have a great day everyone, and ‘Remember to Laugh’
Mark McConville GCertSuicidePrevSt

Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention. (2015). Module 2: Interpreting Suicide Research Part 1.
Hunter Institute of Mental Health. (2014, March 8). Media Alert: ABS Causes of Death data 2014. Retrieved from MIndframe National Media Initiative:
(2014). Preventing Suicide A Global Imperative . World Health Organization.


  • Improved physical & mental health

  • Overcoming stress, anxiety and depression

  • Achieving strong & lasting relationships

  • Enhancing workplace relations & productivity

  • Learning how & where to find laughter in everyday life

  • Understanding that ‘you too’ can make people laugh

  • Creating A happier healthier society

    “I recently attended one of Mark’s Laughter Clinics and was captivated from start to finish. Mark’s comical skills and confidence with the audience shine through in his delivery, and I love his passion of reminding people to laugh more often. Educational and guaranteed to leave a smile on your face!”

    Katrina Semple

    Shambhala United Network Inc.

Why The Laughter Clinic is a good mental health strategy for business.

In 2013, Price Waterhouse Coopers (Pwc) released their
‘Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace, Return on Investment Analysis’ report. 
Some of the key findings of the Pwc report are as follows: 
Mental Illness costs Australian workplaces approximately 10.9 billion dollars per year in lost productivity. 

Pwc estimates that implementing an effective mental health action can result in a positive return on investment (ROI) of 2.3. That is, for every one dollar spent, organisations can expect on average, a return on investment of $2.30 in benefits.

The following outlines how The Laughter Clinic presentation and workshops address 6 of the 7 key mental health action recommendations. 

Worksite physical activity programs
Laughter has Physiological Benefits, Exercises and Relaxes Muscles, Improves Respiration, Stimulates Circulation

Coaching and mentoring programs
Participants are coached on ways to both appreciate and generate humour and laughter in their personal and professional lives. 

Mental health first aid and education
The Laughter Clinic contains valuable information and exercises centred around mental wellness and suicide prevention, while also educating on the health benefits of laughter.

Resilience training 
Laughter also facilitates the following Psychological Benefits, Decreases Stress Hormones Increase in Immune System Defences, Enhances Mental Functioning, Reduces Stress, Counteracts symptoms of Depression, Elevates Mood, Self-Esteem, Hope and Energy.
While also enhancing Creative Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills.

Well-being checks or health screenings 
The Laughter Clinic includes the ‘What makes you Happy?’ and ‘Future Thinking’ exercises. Both of which are mental wellness strategies that help screen for
symptoms of depression and hopelessness.

Encouraging employee involvement
Improves Interpersonal Interaction in Relationships, Increases Friendliness, Helpfulness, and builds Group Identity, Solidarity and Cohesiveness

In summary, The Laughter Clinic presentation offers lots of laughs while also giving participants valuable take away information and tools for personal and professional use.

Expanding on the keynote presentation, the “Laughter Clinic Workshops” are a series of 4 x 45 min sessions spread over 4 weeks that engage the participants in weekly stress reducing, relationship building and laughter creating exercises.

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