If you had a broken are or a broken leg people might be sympathetic, right? What if you were really depressed, would people be eually sympathetic? No, says comedian

Ruby Wax. She speaks from her own experience as someone who has suffered from depression for over 10 years. She tells her story with humor and high energy. As you watch, consider what mental health experts can learn from her presentation.

Why you should listen:

Ruby gives a funny, but moving glimpse into a world shared by one out four people around the world. She warns that unless we learn to handle stress, it could rapidly become four out of four.

Who is she:

She is a comedian who produced a stand-up routine that addresses her experiences with mental illness. She is the founder of a social network offering community support for people suffering from depression. Her psychology graduate studies were in the area of cognitive therapy.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the unexpected side effects of a mental illness that are missing from a physical illness?
  2. What is her explanation for mental illness. Give some examples that were not mentioned in her talk
  3. Why does she feel that humans are not equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century?


What’s so funny about mental illness? with Ruby Wax


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