Ruby Wax
Guest Speaker

Ruby Wax

Performer, Writer and Mental Health Campaigner
After arriving in Britain from the United States in 1977 and training as an actress, Ruby Wax began her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She went on to a hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, and has written, and edited numerous scripts for TV and film including Absolutely Fabulous. Ruby then turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is also an Alumna and Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent’s University London’s with an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, and a is Visiting Professor in the School of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey as well as holding an Honorary Doctorate from the School of Psychology from The University of East London. She is shortly to be awarded with a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship.
She is the author of 2 best-selling books Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled which combine neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy. The hardback copy of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled sold over 100,00 copies and is distributed in over 20 countries. Her one-woman shows Sane New World and Frazzled have toured both internationally and in London’s West End. She also founded Black Dog Tribe, a social networking site providing information and social support for people suffering with mental health issues. She presented her TedTalk at TedGlobal 2012 What’s So Funny about Mental Illness?, She speaks at Parliament and Downing Street to raise money for neuroscience research and works tirelessly to break the stigma. She is an ambassador for MIND and SANE charities and is on the board of the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families. She is also President of Relate.
Her latest book How to Be Human was published in January 2018. Written with the help of a monk and a neuroscientist, the book asks the thorny question: in a world that is increasingly online and beholden to technology, what is it that makes us truly human?
Ruby also speaks widely to businesses and corporate leaders on how to communicate on a deep and effective level with clients and colleagues, and on how to enjoy good mental health.
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Tuesday, 17 March, 2020 07:00 PM|Tuesday, 17 March, 2020 09:00 PM
Gala Dinner Featuring Special Guest Speaker — Ruby Wax

Frazzled:
Ruby Wax talks us through her book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. She's been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it; your passport to saner living. By the way, she graduated from Oxford with a Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy three years ago so she knows her stuff.

"500 years ago no-one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. We might have evolvedto be able to miraculously balance on seven-inch heels, but as far as our emotional development is concerned we're still swimming with the pond scum. If we don't advance our more human qualities then we're doomed evolution-wise to become cyborgs, with an imprint of an 'Apple' where our hearts used to be. Ruby Wax shows us a scientific solution to these modern problems: mindfulness.

I know what you're thinking - what if I don't want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of a wind chime? My definition of mindfulness isn't about sitting erect on a hillock, legs in a knot, humming a mantra that's probably the phone book sung backwards, it's something that can help us all: learning to notice your thoughts and feelings so you can truly experience life.

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