Who We Are?

Make them LAugh MAke them Listen
make Them Learn

Happy To Health You are an award-winning team of writers, performers and programme-makers who will create health talks, events, audio or video to get people talking.

We work with tried and trusted technical professionals to create events that run like clockwork, to produce our broadcast-quality audio and video and to provide other support as required.

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

We also work with a group of mental health professionals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Currently, we supply the online support team for the Men’s Health Forum’s innovative beatstress.ukproject offering anonymous, confidential text chat and email services on stress and other mental health issues.

John Ryan 'The Medicine Man"

John Ryan is an award-winning comedian and writer. His shows on the comedy circuit are highly-acclaimed – even the Daily Telegraph called him a ‘genius’ – but it is his work in men’s mental health that is truly ground-breaking. He has even had a research paper published in the Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology on how comedy can boost mental wellbeing.
 

There is never a dull moment when John Ryan is on stage. Always thinking on his feet, He will confidently and sharply change his act to suit any audience. It is John’s thirst for knowledge that gives him the edge in this respect – no other comic would know you can’t cut your grass on a Sunday in Switzerland! (Not even Swiss ones.) His acute eye for detail makes for a fascinating performance and allows him to connect with even the most obscure audiences. If you have an idea, he will turn it into a comic work of genius.

 

AWARDS

• 2015 Royal Society for Public Health Combined Practice and Research Award winner 

• 2004 Edinburgh Festival highlight winner

• Leicester Comedy Festival ‘Best Participatory Project’ 2007

• 2010 NHS Regional Health and Social Care award winner – Mental Health and Well Being.

• 2010 Royal Society for Public Health Special Commendation for contributions to the field of Arts and Health Equalities.

• 2011 Scottish Mental Health and Arts Film Festival – Best Short Documentary Award winner . 

 

Natash Donovan 'The Patient Whisperer

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NATASHA DONOVAN

Natasha Donovan is a freelance journalist, broadcaster, patient educator, simulation patient and writer. She has performed stand up comedy across the UK and Ireland. This she has balanced with bringing up two children while battling cancer.  Here is a speaker with a difference. Her upbeat and enthusiastic take on life allows her to deliver key health messages to people of all ages from a variety of backgrounds with an infectious smile which gives her hard hitting talks an edge. Her versatility and experience of the health service make her an ideal speaker at conferences and on the after dinner circuit. Natasha writes and delivers a bespoke performance tailored to the needs of her target audience.

Journalist, writer, broadcaster, presenter and Public Speaker Natasha has a broad range of happy clients. Whether she is teaching communications skills to Drs and undergraduates or inspiring attendees at her health talks Natasha’s success is built on humour, empathy and engagement.  As part of the precision medicine team for Cancer research UK her experiences have been utilised to facilitate patient engagement. She is an experienced Communications Consultant: Advising health organisations regarding clinical communication skills. Clients include The NHS, Kings College London, Spire Healthcare, Willmott Dixon, Allied Bakeries and Cancer Research UK amongst others. Natasha will design bespoke courses and talks for health and business clients.

As a Trustee for the Bethnal Green Memorial and Radio Presenter at BFBS Colchester 107.0fm Natasha believes in giving back to the community.

What do our Customers Say?

“You did a fab job, Natasha and everyone is buzzing from it today. Your story made such an impact, you even managed to make some of our hardened surgeons cry. Kim from reception told me that if anyone ever feels bad about coming to work then they should just think about what you said as it makes it all worth it! You will also be glad to know that all the women made smear test appointments! Truly Inspiring!.”

Spire Hartswood Hospital

 

“John Ryan provided a fantastic service of both compere and comedian on the night.”

Tim Benson Pebble Productions

 

“Thank you, Natasha. We all thoroughly enjoyed it! Humour is an excellent way of raising awareness of these issues amongst professionals and helping patients come to terms with things too. Thanks Again!.”

Coventry City Council

“I could tell the participants really related to what you said, Natasha. The way you have laughed in the face of serious life challenges and overcome them was truly an inspiration to me and the participants. You so skilfully combined humour with how to breakthrough limiting self-beliefs. You were a joy to watch.”

Marigold Nunes

 “John Ryan charmed and entertained the 1,000 strong audience with some world class comedy.”

BSH Magazine

“He pitches the humour and important messages at just the right level and I am sure that there will be many men in his audiences who will have their lives saved by him making them address their health through his fantastic side-splitting humour.”

Roger Jones, Older Men’s Network

 “John Ryan was very well received and enjoyed by all. The audience was very multinational and he handled this very well, preferring not to tell jokes but provide a more general entertainment which suited everybody. Thus, he read the situation well.”

Ferrovial Agroman Airports UK Ltd (BAA) 

 

 

“John Ryan was pitch perfect and went down fantastically well both at our events in the North and South. Feedback from the delegates was great and they all really enjoyed it. I was particularly impressed with the effort John Ryan put into getting to know the audience prior to the event, he really tapped into what made them tick.” Guinness“Natasha Donovan breezes across the stage effortlessly drawing you into a whirlwind tour of her world of comedy” BBC 5live

Whether its Mens Health, Mental wellbeing or behavioural Safety the result is always the same. We will keep using this great service. . They laugh they listen they learn  Charlie Byers Network Rail

 

Dear Tasha, I attended your session yesterday and found it so beneficial to my every day working life.I have talked it over with my team and we are wondering if you would consider doing a bespoke session for the whole team. We have half day training days so could include all admin and clinical in the session. I believe it could really benefit the department as a whole. Nilly Omer Guys Hospital Trust

 

“I thought the session was really good. What I was looking for was a different way to communicate around mental wellbeing and stress as an awareness raising session.

Benn Heatley Afton Chemicals 

“Cancer and Public Speaking are people’s biggest fears yet Natasha combats bothwith natural grace and flair”

Charlie Jordan LBC Radio