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TEDGlobal 2012 Ruby Wax by Mind Map: TEDGlobal 2012
Ruby Wax
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TEDGlobal 2012 Ruby Wax


Ruby Wax is a loud, funny woman‐‐who spent much of her comedy career battling depression in silence. Now her work blends mental health advocacy and laughs.

mentall ilness

1 in 4 people suffers from it

i'm one of them..

Probably got it from my mother

how'd it start

breakdown during daughter support day


Started to run around

Took to my bed for a month

got institutionalised..

Other patients became my friends

got told to 'perk up' by supporters outside the hospital

You're ashamed

you hear 1000s of abusive voices

but they are not there

If you have that on a loop you get depressed

The brain

let's talk about it

we've come a long way

'has a lot of horsepower'

we can see

can hear

can memorize things

100 billions of neurons to proces information

1 neuron can connect to 1000-100000 neurons

bad news

we are not equipped for the 21st century

I'll show the glitches, When we were ancient, when we saw an animal, we go to 'kill or be killed', now:, can't kill the traffic warden.., So we get into the bad loop..

don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but i unfortunately have to be, your pets are happier than you

need to talk about this

we don't want to get seriously ill!


Ruby Wax


Mental Health Activist