Research Nuggets

RED NOSES Research Nuggets are short publications that give insights into the world of healthcare clowning and the vulnerable groups we engage with from a research perspective.

The Nuggets contain a mix of literature reviews and practical examples of how we work with different participants in different contexts – be it in the hospital, an elderly home, a refugee camp or even online.

Research Nugget Series:

How arts and humour can support the mental health of refugees and aid workers in crisis settings

The Research Nugget “Clowning in Emergency Contexts” analyses the mental hardship of people living and working in refugee contexts, and explains how creative and humorous activities including clowning can bring relief and mental support to people in crisis.

In this Research Nugget, we present evidence that the arts and clowning are beneficial not only to reduce mental health issues such as stress and anxiety, but also to improve feelings of self-esteem, confidence and mental health in general. Our Emergency Smile Programme was created specifically with the purpose of bringing a smile and emotional support to people involved in forced migration.

The Research Nugget also puts special attention on the stressors that affect a growing number of humanitarian workers in the field. Reports by International Organisations show that stress and burn out among aid workers is widespread and often overlooked. RED NOSES Humour Relief Workshop offers aid workers a safe space to relax, learn some stress-coping techniques and connect with their colleagues.

You can access the full  Research Nugget here

To know more about the positive impact of healthcare clowning on vulnerable people or just explore the fascinating world of healthcare clowning, please visit our Research Database.

Research Database