It’s not every day you get to meet a comedy legend.
At MAD World summit this October, we were lucky enough to have a chat with actress, comedian, interviewer, author and now strident mental health campaigner Ruby Wax.
It’s no secret that Ruby has suffered with depression for most of her life. Her quest to understand it led her to study for an MA in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford University. She’s since written 3 highly successful books – ‘A mindfulness guide for the Frazzled’, ‘How to Be Human’ and ‘Sane New World’ and used her sold out theatre tour to wax lyrical (no pun intended) on the importance of understanding how our brains work if we are to better manage our thoughts and feelings.
We caught up with her as she came off stage after a panel discussion around how to better support mental health in the workplace. She spoke passionately about the importance of providing a safe, non-judgmental environment where people can meet on a regular basis to talk and share their personal stories, without the fear of ‘getting fired!’
Ruby also warned us to be careful whom we choose as our heroes and role models. It shouldn’t be those people coming in first and leaving last, never taking a break or a holiday and selling their souls to the company at the expense of their health, friends, family and sanity. Instead we should look to those brave enough to put themselves out there and go first. Those people willing to be vulnerable and speak openly and honestly about their feelings and emotions. Ruby says:
“When someone speaks first it spreads like wildfire.”
Rising Vibe create those safe spaces. We establish environments within businesses where people can be themselves and talk about how they feel without the fear of judgment or repercussion.
Seeking out and nurturing those valuable role models within a business is also key within our Culture Development Programmes. Role models are the people being real, harnessing their authentic energy and inviting those they interact with to do the same. At Rising Vibe we can spot them a mile off and we use them to drive cultural change and build more supportive and productive work forces.
Thank-you Ruby for your courage, openness, humour and wisdom.
And of course, for going first.