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

Endings and Beginnings

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2016 | (00:00)

I have two more nights of performing Sane New World. It's like losing a child but the child is now 180 years old. I've done the show so often it's time I let it go, otherwise I'll be doing it in incontinence pants. (Not a pretty sight).

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Tribute to Alan Rickman

(6) Comments | Posted 4 February 2016 | (11:46)

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.

I first saw Alan in 1976 at the Edinburgh Festival. I was with a friend of his, who pointed him out...

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Walk-In Sessions

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2016 | (00:00)

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,...

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For Alan Rickman

(15) Comments | Posted 25 January 2016 | (00:00)

I just opened The Arts Theatre in the West End (my show, Sane New World runs until 13 February). I've toured this show for a few years around the UK but when the press come there's always a sickness in the stomach because you know that,...

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(0) Comments | Posted 12 January 2016 | (00:00)

My new book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled was published last week. Here is a little extract for you. I hope you find the book useful - it's for you.

Being Present

An enormous benefit of...

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On Death

(7) Comments | Posted 22 December 2015 | (00:00)

A friend of mine confided to me in utter shame that what keeps her up in the night is thinking about death. She was so mortified that I thought she was going to tell me she killed someone but no, she just whimpered about her deepest fear. I thought: welcome...

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Walk-In Centres for You

(2) Comments | Posted 15 December 2015 | (16:21)

I wrote this on the last night of my tour of performing Sane New World. I could give out a little "whoop" but I'm extremely sad at endings even though I should know that everything ends and that there are always new beginnings after the endings but I...

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

(3) Comments | Posted 11 December 2015 | (00:00)

I met Anna Albright in my first year at shrink school. We still meet occasionally over coffee and discuss what makes humans tick under their mild mannered exteriors. What lies in the belly of the beast? We might be wrong with our conclusions but I don't think so. We love...

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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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