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Professor Ruby Wax

Professor Ruby Wax

American actress, lecturer, and author and Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey

A classically trained actress, Ruby is best known for her work in comedy. Her 2010 stand-up show Losing It was the first in which she shared her experience of clinical depression. She founded the mental health website (which is now part of the SANE mental health charity) in 2011 in response to the audience reaction from her theatre show. In September 2013, Ruby graduated from Kellogg College at Oxford University with a master's degree in mindfulness based cognitive therapy. She previously earned a postgraduate certificate in psychotherapy and counselling from Regents College in London. During that sane year Ruby published a book called Sane New World, which became a number one best-seller followed by A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, published in January 2016.  In June 2015, Ruby was appointed Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey, and later that year it was announced that she would be awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her services to mental health.