Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax, popular comedian and bestselling author of Sane New World, is a respected mental health advocate. After writing and performing in her own widely popular television shows on BBC for 25 years, and serving as Script Editor on the entire run of the hit series “Absolutely Fabulous,” she earned a Master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford, becoming an activist—successfully petitioning Parliament and Downing Street to change the laws around discrimination and mental health. Her Global TED Talk “What’s so funny about mental illness?” has received nearly 1.4 million views. Follow her on Facebook and @RubyWax on Twitter.

Entries by Ruby Wax

November 24th and 25th - Budget Day

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (11:20)

I'm writing this on the 24th of November. Tomorrow they announce the Budget for what gets what in the crazy world of government funding. I know Norman Lamb went to see George Osborne to reiterate how much mental illness is draining the economy. Talk money, that's the key to their...

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The Black Dog

(8) Comments | Posted 19 November 2015 | (00:00)

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...

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Equality 4 Mental Health

(4) Comments | Posted 3 November 2015 | (10:57)

Equality 4 Mental Health is a cross-party, cross-society campaign aimed at persuading the government to help reduce the suffering of those with mental ill health by increasing investment into the provision of mental health services.

I joined this campaign because it's appalling that there isn't parity between mental...

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Why I Get on the Train

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2015 | (00:00)

Welp, I'm back on the road, back in the saddle as they say in the gig biz.

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...

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You Are My Tribe

(2) Comments | Posted 22 October 2015 | (01:00)

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. In Burning Man, I didn't...

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From the Land of Hobbits to the Heart of Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2015 | (01:00)

I arrived in Stockholm straight from New Zealand so I was still fuelled with Hobbit fever, dazzled by the landscape; the gnarly, spooky eye-blindingly emerald green of it all. I was here to speak at Wisdom Stockholm conference. I said I'd do it because it sounded a lot like TedTalks...

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On World Mental Health Day

(9) Comments | Posted 10 October 2015 | (01:00)

I get confused when I hear 'mental health day'. It implies that everything is hunky dory on the mental front, that every other day we don't have mental illness (and some of us don't.). It's like saying 10 December is physical health day. Saturday 10 October, is World...

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Darkness Even in Paradise

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2015 | (01:00)

When you look down from the plane as you land in New Zealand, you think the grass must be fake because nothing is that green in real life; nature doesn't do dayglo hues. This makes Ireland look beige. My impression was that New Zealand is a virgin, not yet corrupted...

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More on Burning Man

(1) Comments | Posted 23 September 2015 | (01:00)

(Continuation from last week on my Burning Man experience)

On day four, I had a bit of an accident at the giant boot installation. You enter through a door into a fairy tale world of tiny elaborate scenes behind glass involving toy mice, dolphins, dragons, elves - the usual once-upon-a-time-stuff,...

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On Burning Man

(6) Comments | Posted 18 September 2015 | (01:00)

The Mother of all festivals has got to be Burning Man. I went - it did not disappoint - a Fellini film on acid, squared. It's not for the faint hearted because a few times a day you have to eat dirt. I refer to the frequent whiteout dust storms;...

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Silence Is Golden?

(4) Comments | Posted 3 September 2015 | (01:00)

For the end of my book Mindfulness for the Frazzled I wanted to be my own guinea pig so had a brain scan done before and after a silent six day retreat practicing mindfulness eight hours a day. It's a mental boot camp called Tigonos Retreat Centre somewhere in the...

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My Take on Teens

(2) Comments | Posted 20 August 2015 | (01:00)

I'm doing research on the teenage brain for my book coming out in early January A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled.

Raising a teenager makes the terrible twos seem like a holiday in the Maldives. But his erratic behaviour isn't something he's doing on purpose to torture you it's because...

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Waking Up

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2015 | (01:00)

Finishing writing my book last week, feeling like the baby's head is out but the lower half is still in my and I'm pushing as hard as I can. I'm still trying to get my head around explaining mindfulness (how I see it). Some people might say it's about becoming...

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You Can't Learn Mindfulness by Taking a Pill

(2) Comments | Posted 7 August 2015 | (01:00)

What keeps me practising mindfulness is that even if I'm not in the mood and believe me, that's often the case (mostly the case) is what I'm learning about how it impacts the brain. With a sit up you'll see the results to keep you going; you'll have some ripples...

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On Glastonbury

(1) Comments | Posted 23 July 2015 | (01:00)

I had the Glastonbury experience a few weeks ago for the first time. I can check that one off my bucket list. No one told me to bring wellies; I thought - it's summer, why would it rain? I ended up impacted in mud having to beg passers-by to help...

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Mindfulness and Teens - Will They Ever Work Together?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2015 | (01:00)

I'm deep, deep into the heart of finishing my book, either called, Wake the F...K Up or Frazzled, I want the first title but I'm told it might not make it into bookshops and that would send me over the cliff face. I'm pretty obsessed with it now as my...

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Pay Attention

(4) Comments | Posted 9 July 2015 | (01:00)

"Parenting is a mirror in which we get to see the best of ourselves, and the worst; the richest moments of living, and the most frightening." (I didn't say that, why would I?)

If a child is going to become an emotionally successful adult he/she needs to begin to learn...

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Mindfulness for Babies

(1) Comments | Posted 2 July 2015 | (01:00)

I'm now in full turbo to finish my new book, which is due in about ten minutes. It's on mindfulness and is called Wake the F*ck Up. It comes out at Christmas so please buy one because writing this is like a worm crawling through the Sahara and I've just...

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Me and the Dalai Lama (I've Never Said That Before...)

(6) Comments | Posted 18 June 2015 | (01:00)


So, I went to Australia to meet the Dalai Lama, as you do. I was asked to speak at a conference called, "Happiness And Its Causes", like I know? I told them this was not my specialty as I am a cynic but...

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Why We're Chasing Our Tails

(1) Comments | Posted 11 June 2015 | (01:00)

I'm going to stick my foot out and say part of what keeps us away from tasting that elusive thing called 'happiness' and why many of us are on the verge of a nervous breakdown is because our minds drag us from one sensation to the next, never settling in...

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