The Inspirational Ruby Wax

SANE NEW WORLD is a wonderful book image of book cover, Sane New World by Ruby Wax, 2013by Ruby Wax, a gift to us all. In a previous article by Ms Wax in The Guardian  she openly describes her experiences and insights into mental health difficulties and recoveries, specifically with depressive episodes. Here she is in her inimitable gripping, ironic prose, ‘depression isn’t about having a bad hair day. In actuality it feels like your old personality has left town and you’ve been replaced by a block of cement; indifferent if you win the lottery or fall off a cliff.’ Ms Wax goes on to reflect that shame sets in alongside well-meaning but ill-informed advice to ‘perk up’, that is until you discover fellow sufferers with whom you identify and both give and get empathy – social support in action. But that support should be more widely available and built into society, she argues, in the form of walk-in centres and the regular availability of places to meet and mentor on the AA model. Her vision resonates well with the central thesis of my upcoming book entitled Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health: Service Users’ Perspectives (Palgrave). My main findings with day centre clients were the importance of having  somewhere to go and something to do every day, as well as routine and reliable social support. There is such a lot going on, awareness is growing, stigma is dissolving (slowly, we must keep at it). This blog will join the groundswell and hopefully contribute useful ideas and observations or at least help to bring voices together. Please feel free to add comments and suggestions. Thanks for looking in and until next time, look after your mental health 🙂

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  2. Roberta McDonnell
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 09:26:32

    Just finished reading this book and I am really bowled over. The author’s unique voice provides a combination of experience, knowledge and humour that I find deeply encouraging and uplifting. While making science legible, and it is very much the cutting edge of neuropsychology, she also gives us many practical tools and strategies to apply in our everyday lives to build a more peaceful and joyful existence for ourselves and others. I highly recommend this book 🙂

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  3. Miranda B
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 23:04:02

    Sane New World is the most fantastic book. You will really enjoy it and get a lot out of it. Ruby is incredible. A real phenomenon. We are well on our way to breaking the stigma around mental illness – and its all thanks to Ruby. Love your blog, by the way!

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