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

On Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2016 | (00:00)

I'm thinking of writing another book. Delivering another book is like giving birth; you forget the agony of the last time you had to push for months in labour and then it's out of your hands. If I'm going to stick with writing about mindfulness which is pretty much the...

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Jolts of Jealousy

(0) Comments | Posted 8 June 2016 | (00:00)

Well, my career must be doing Ok because this week Matt Haig and I are going to have a conversation at Emmanuel Centre, London, this Thursday night presented by the How To: Academy. It feels like battle of the bands for who has had the worst depression. Which...

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I Suggest a Riot

(1) Comments | Posted 24 May 2016 | (00:00)

Last week was another Mental Health Awareness Week; they're coming hot and heavy now. Those of us who have a mental illness and our friends, family and co-workers are 'aware' every day of the year. The mental health week in February looked hopeful; Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, wrote a...

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My Frazzled Cafes

(3) Comments | Posted 10 May 2016 | (00:00)

In about two weeks I'm going to do a pilot of my walk-in sessions, which I'm calling Frazzled Cafés. They will be a place where likeminded people can meet and help each other by sharing ideas and possible solutions. It's a safe place where you don't have to...

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

(2) Comments | Posted 26 April 2016 | (00:00)

It should be mental health week, every week. Why just a few awareness weeks scattered here and there, like throw cushions? If we want to stop the stigma we might have to think about it longer than seven days.

On an individual level, things have progressed, I'm happy to...

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The Answer to 'What Is Happiness'? Maybe

(2) Comments | Posted 23 April 2016 | (00:00)

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. Many...

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We're Addicted to Stress

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

When I'm asked if we're more stressed now than ever before, I mention that there might have been a little tension during the Spanish Inquisition. Just as your head was placed on a spike you might have felt a little tension.

My position is actually that we need stress, otherwise...

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Just Stop

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2016 | (00:00)

You know what I hate? I hate it when people ask if all comedians have depression? My response is always "Read my lips - it's one in four. There aren't that many people who are funny." It's like asking if all weather girls have shingles? My insides aren't aware what...

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Why Stress Is Killing Us

(10) Comments | Posted 28 March 2016 | (00:00)

In the past we used stress well and needed it to survive. It worked perfectly when we were back in the primordial swamps, when we were all gatherers and hunters and - in my case, my ancestors were known as pointers: the Jews. We just pointed at things saying "I...

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Why Is Enough Never Enough?

(2) Comments | Posted 6 March 2016 | (23:00)

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?" In the Olden...

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(4) Comments | Posted 25 February 2016 | (23:00)


I can honestly say on Wednesday, 17 February, 2016, I experienced as far as I remember the most out-of-body experience of my life (outside of delivering another human being while on heavy drugs). My ceremony...

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Endings and Beginnings

(2) Comments | Posted 12 February 2016 | (23:00)

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

(7) Comments | Posted 4 February 2016 | (10:46)

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 1 February 2016 | (23:00)

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 24 January 2016 | (23:00)

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 11 January 2016 | (23:00)

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 21 December 2015 | (23:00)

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 | (15:21)

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 10 December 2015 | (23:00)

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 | (10:20)

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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