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Comedian Ruby Wax backs our Mental Health Watch campaign

07:00 12 January 2016

Ruby Wax, with her new book A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled, during her visit to Jarrolds. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Ruby Wax, with her new book A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled, during her visit to Jarrolds. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax has back the Evening News’ Mental Health Watch campaign.

The actress, who has a masters degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University, was at an event at Jarrold in Norwich last night to talk about her new book, Frazzled.

This newspaper launched a campaign last year to fight for people who suffer from mental health problems, and aims to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and fight for improvements in services in the region. Asked if she backed the newspaper’s campaign, she said: “Of course.”

She added: “That is what I’m all about, supporting this type of thing. The least amount of money was given to mental health, and now the prisons are full and there’s child abuse. All that stems from mental health.”

Ms Wax, who has experienced episodes of depression and was last year made an honorary OBE for services to mental health, is one of the public faces of the national Time to Change campaign to end mental health discrimination.

Her new book looks at the modern problem of stress, which she said the World Health Organisation predicts will be the biggest cause of death in 2020.

The book examines mindfulness as a solution to the problem.

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