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Ruby Wax OBE

Actress, Comedian, Mental health campaigner, Lecturer, and Author

After moving to Britain from the US to train as an actress, speaker Ruby Wax began her career at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She achieved great success with the BBC as a comedian and interviewer and edited several scripts for films and TV programmes including Absolutely Fabulous. Turning her attention to neuroscience and psychotherapy, Ruby graduated at Oxford University with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Furthermore, Ruby Wax is an Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent’s University London with a Master’s degree earned in Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Ruby is a genuine expert of mental health. Her two bestsellers Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled are a captivating combination of mindfulness, neuroscience and comedy. In 2012, speaker Ruby Wax presented her outstanding TED Talk What’s So Funny about Mental Illness? which established her position as an internationally acclaimed mental health speaker. As Ruby experienced the battle with clinical depression herself, she frequently speaks at Parliament and Downing Street to raise money for neuroscience and to break the stigma around mental health. In 2015, Ruby was honoured with an OBE for her Services to Mental Health.

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