Ruby Wax OBE
Our headline keynote speaker for the conference was the wonderful Ruby Wax OBE. Ruby's keynote was a fabulous mix of honesty, humour, irreverence and insight, and was the perfect end to an amazing day of learning and sharing for delegates.
Following her hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, Ruby Wax 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 with an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, and is a 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 the author of 2 best-selling books, 'Sane New World’ (Amazon link) and 'A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’ (Amazon Link) which combine neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy. 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.
Ruby is currently launching her Frazzled Cafes in partnership with Marks and Spencer’s throughout the UK. Each Marks and Spencer location will close their cafés for two hours for groups to meet regularly. These are not necessarily for people with Mental Health problems but for everyone who is frazzled! Based on the format of AA, each group is run by a facilitator with a mental health background.
In 2015 Ruby Wax awarded an OBE for Services to Mental Health.