A national day of laughter is set for March 9th, focused on issues of bullying and mental health that are, ironically, no laughing matter.

Two Women Enjoying. Selective focus on brunette.

LOL Day is made as a celebration of happiness, complete with a campaign that includes a website, an app, an educational video and a guide aimed at reducing bullying, emotional situations, relationship breakdowns, self-harm and suicide.

“With life happening, we face many challenges that can cause us to focus on the negative, there isn’t a curriculum at school to show us how to get through those tough times, which is surprising,” said event organiser Belinda Rygier. The solution to this is the LOL Guide – a format for dealing with emotional concerns, particularly aimed at young people.

The six steps are:

1. Acknowledge the situation
2. Monitor and change your emotions
3. Focus on the solution not the problem
4. Imagine different solutions to resolve the problem
5. Apply the solution and restore integrity
6. Learn from each situation and apply new techniques

LOL Day Poster

So next Monday is poised as the perfect day to spend some time thinking about how we deal with problems and the bigger picture of mental health issues. And as the name suggests, be sure to laugh or try and make others laugh.

They do say laughter is the best medicine.

For more information visit www.lolday.com.au