Comedian and broadcaster, Ruby Wax (Kellogg College, 2010)

Episode 14, May 2016

Comedian and broadcaster Ruby Wax shares her experiences of studying mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy and why she taken on a mission to save the world’s mental health.

Wax started her career as a comic interviewer with shows such as Don’t Miss Wax, The Full Wax, and Ruby Wax Meets, and was also a script-editor for the popular TV series, Absolutely Fabulous. Since studying Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Kellogg College, she has written two books about her interest in mental health and her own struggles with depression and anxiety; Sane New World, which became a number one best-seller, and her latest book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. She has also received an OBE in the Special Honours for Services to Mental Health.

For this podcast interview, Ruby talks about her experiences at Oxford and how her studies in mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy have shaped the latter half of her career, as well as giving us a taster of what we can expect at the Alumni Weekend in Oxford in September 2016.

Interviewer: Paull Hammond-Davies
Music: Setuniman from www.freesound.org