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Let’s hear it for the silent treatment: Ruby Wax puts mind over chatter in the pursuit of mindfulness

British comedian Ruby Wax has been open about her struggle with depression. In an article for Daily Mail she describes going on a retreat in Wales in pursuit of the elusive state of mindfulness. But could she avoid speaking for a week?

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After my last bout of depression seven years ago, I promised myself I would somehow lasso my wild animal and take action.

I plunged into research, scouring science journals and papers.

Here’s what I found: with depression alone, for those who have had three or more episodes, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy yields a 60 per cent chance of preventing relapse.

What really hooked me was the fact that you do it on your own: no running to shrinks at all hours shouting ‘fix me’. And the best news of all is it’s free.

I take medication for my depression, just as you would for any other physical illness…

Read the full story at Daily Mail, by RUBY WAX

About Ruby Wax

An American born,  to Jewish parents who left Austria because of the Nazi threat. She is naturalised British comedian.

In April 2015 it was announced that Ruby Wax will be awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for her services to mental health.

In 2013, Ruby obtained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford to increase her understanding of the brain and the science behind mental health issues. She has used this knowledge as the basis for her Sunday Times number 1 bestselling book and theatre show, Sane New World: Taming the Mind, an accessible, fascinating insight into human behaviour and a manual for understanding how the brain works.

After sell-out shows in London, Australia and Cape Town, Ruby is continuing her hard work creating awareness about mental health through her UK theatre tour, where she invites the audience to share their own experiences and build a network of support and advice within the performance.

She will also be appearing at a number of mental health conferences this year, including the National Mindfulness Conference and joining keynote speakers such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama at ‘Happiness and it’s Causes’.

Read all about Ruby Wax in here blog

 

 

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