Ruby Wax

On Silence (Part 1)

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I was always curious what the effects of a long silent retreat would be? Would I be enlightened? Would I have a nervous breakdown? You have both experiences but they alternate minute by minute. Just when you think you've reached Buddhahood because your mind is clear, the familiar negative thoughts smash in and shoot you down; reminding you what a jerk you are.

On Compassion

Ruby Wax | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why do we always need to find someone to blame for our discomfort in being alive? If I can figure out this 'c' thing I may be able to save the world or at least myself.

Jolts of Jealousy

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Part of my illness (a trigger) is when I hear I'm going to meet someone like Matt and I immediately want to look up which one of us sold more books. I have learned to hold back because if it's him, I know I'm going to get that jolt in the stomach that signifies envy and if I accumulate a lot of them, I can tip into the foothills of madness.

I Suggest a Riot

Ruby Wax | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Facts: The current annual economic cost of mental illness in the UK is £70billion, which is equal to the entire National Health budget. By 2030, the World Health Organization predicts more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem.

My Frazzled Cafes

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I started off creating a website where people could chat anonymously called Black Dog Tribe. Now I think it's time to meet with another human who knows how you're feeling because he or she has been there. There is no replacement for connecting with people like you and feeling that they care.

Promises, Promises - Where's the Action for Mental Health?

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
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As terrible as the world is, if we keep our attention off the button of de-stigmatization, we'll never get anywhere and those in this country who are suffering from a mental emergency won't get any help. I've heard too many stories about someone not finding a hospital, even on the verge of suicide.

The Answer to 'What Is Happiness'? Maybe

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

The question that remains the most perplexing of all isn't who shot Kennedy or what happened that made the Big Bang, bang. The most perplexing question of all is 'what is happiness?', and also 'how do you get some?' More books are written about it than everything else combined.

We're Addicted to Stress

Ruby Wax | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

My position is actually that we need stress, otherwise nothing would get us out of bed. We'd all be playing banjo on our porches in Alabama. Stress is part of our legacy from the Stone Age for reasons of survival otherwise we would have ended up as pieces of jurassic finger food.

Why Is Enough Never Enough?

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Here's another 21st century foible that enrages me; after someone asks you what you're doing, even if you tell them you're running a triathlon in Papua New Guinea or shooting a sex scene with Nicole Kidman, the person who's asking says, "And what are you doing next?"

My OBE

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

My ceremony for the OBE was set at the Priory at my request. I haven't got a British passport so am not allowed to go to the palace and meet the Queen in case I start another Tea Party Revolution, I suppose. It was Mental Health Week so I was paying homage to those who suffer from the stigma.

Endings and Beginnings

Ruby Wax | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Do I think I've given myself too much pressure? Yes and no. We all need a certain amount of pressure, and even stress, otherwise nothing would get done; we'd still be sitting on our prehistoric behinds, grunting at each other while sharpening our spears.

Tribute to Alan Rickman

Ruby Wax | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Alan Rickman died two weeks ago and I am broken, as is everyone else who knew him. I just wanted to share a few more words about him.

Walk-In Sessions

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had the first walk-in session last week at the Arts Theatre and it was a hit - if a walk-in session can be a hit. People came in in all sizes; young, old, straight, gay, all nations represented. It's pretty clear everyone wants and needs to talk, just to feel heard and understood by compassionate people who feel the same.

For Alan Rickman

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

He died last week and it's more heart-breaking than anything I've felt before. I feel like my insides have been gouged out and nothings left. He formed me and saved me. I know that by now I'd be either institutionalised, heavily medicated or dead. I have to thank him and can't.

#Frazzled?

Ruby Wax | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

An enormous benefit of mindfulness is that you get a free ticket to that rare destination: the present. Okay, I hear you say, 'What's so great about being in the present moment? What if I don't want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of a windchime? I have places to go, people to meet.'

On Death

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
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At New Year's Eve I'm already writing my epitaph. While everyone around me is popping balloons, I'm thinking I'm one year closer to my end and at that point usually start looking for a handy Xanax. If someone says they don't think about it, they're lying - otherwise we'd have no fear and all fear stems from the sense that our survival is threatened.

Walk-In Centres for You

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
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I've had walk-in centres before - during a run I did in the West End about five years ago and it was fantastic to behold. People were so grateful and relieved to at last make contact with someone who could offer help and an understanding of what they were going through.

Why Do We Use So Much Energy to Hide What's Really on Our Minds?

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
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If people knew what you were thinking would it be such a disaster? When we're kids it's fine to be honest: if you don't like someone you literally throw mud at them and tell them you never want to play with them again. As an adult you try that, you'll get sued.

November 24th and 25th - Budget Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
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I can't get it in my head that politicians can't get it in their heads that most of our 21st Century woes are caused by mental illness; crime, addictions, disease, rape, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse is caused by something that is mentally misfiring in our brains.

The Black Dog

Ruby Wax | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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I would love to be able to write how joyous I am that Christmas is around the corner but I'd be lying. I feel like I'm falling down the rabbit hole. I had this depression exactly at this time of year last year (after a gap of seven years). I think my mind is recalling what happened a year ago which triggered me into a mental whirlwind of despair...

Equality 4 Mental Health

Ruby Wax | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
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The research into Alzheimer's and dementia is one of the most prevalent problems of this decade and these are brain diseases so why should depression or bi-polar be any different? If the government don't put funds for mental health in this budget at the end of November, it won't happen for a long time and the suffering and lack of help will continue.

Why I Get on the Train

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
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Every time I run for my train that's taking off five minutes ago (I get an adrenaline high whenever I just make it), I think, "Why am I doing this?" And every night when the audience and I have a discussion after the interval, I remember why...

You Are My Tribe

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
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So after my little trip to Burning Man, New Zealand and Cape Town I've come back to London. Don't worry - I'm whipping myself with guilt how lucky I am to have gotten that kind of gig. I worked in two out of the three...

From the Land of Hobbits to the Heart of Wisdom

Ruby Wax | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I wish this were my life, being fed by beautiful men, in the presence of great minds discussing new and better ways to live and hopefully change the world. I had these type of discussions when I was 18 when I was hopeful and then never again but here's the spark and hopefully some day all this might come to fruition and I can say I was there.

On World Mental Health Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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Could we please wake up. It's 2015 for God's sake. It's time to spend some money on why people aren't mentally healthy to come up with solutions to alleviate the suffering. When I perform my show, Sane New World, I invite the audience to have a discussion or ask questions. Three times I've had people stand up and say that they've had cancer and mental illness and when I ask which is worse to them they've all said the depression. One man told me and the audience that with cancer he wanted to live, with depression he wanted to die.