"Not all Wounds are Visible" - Professor Ruby Wax and VIP guests

Date • Time

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 19:15


School of Veterinary Medicine Vet School Main Building University of Surrey Daphne Jackson Road Guildford, Surrey GU2 7AL


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Ruby Wax and Rhashan Stone

The School of Health Sciences is delighted to announce it will be supporting the work of the World Federation for Mental Health by hosting a panel discussion on the eve of World Mental Health Day 2017.

Dr Melaine Coward, Professor Ruby Wax and other VIP guests will be discussing how we can combat the stigma around mental health and break down the barriers that hamper individuals and their families from seeking help.

In 2017, one in four adults in the UK will experience a mental health related problem that will impact their personal and professional lives, however only a quarter of these people will seek support to manage these problems.

Ranked as number one in England for Nursing (Complete University Guide 2018), the School of Health Sciences is committed to playing a leading role in meeting these healthcare challenges. As Dr Melaine Coward, Head of School comments:

“Being responsible for the education of both the future and current workforce is a social duty for the School. I am proud that the School of Health Sciences is able to ensure the quality of staff caring for those with mental health problems.” 


Professor Ruby Wax – actress, mental health campaigner, lecturer, and author. 

Ruby came to prominence in the Eighties for being a comedienne, presenting TV documentaries and working as a script editor on Absolutely Fabulous. Having experienced clinical depression, Ruby studied for a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy at the University of Oxford. Her book, Sane New World: Taming the Mind was a number one bestseller. She has brought mental health issues to the foreground in Parliament and is a patron for the British Neuroscience Association and an ambassador for Mind and SANE.  Ruby supports the School of Health Sciences to train the most dynamic, effective and caring healthcare professionals. She contributes to research, curriculum development, teaching and public engagement, and works with undergraduate students from a range of subjects, including mental health nursing.

Rhashan Stone – writer and actor 

Most recently Rhashan starred as Tony Carter in the SKY 1 comedy Carters Get Rich. He is also known for shows including Strike Back, The Smoke, Episodes and Black Mirror. His recent theatre work includes the role of Paul in the London premier of Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism and Socialism With A Key To The Scripture. Doc Gibbs in the London transfer of David Cromer's award winning Broadway production of Our Town, and Caryl Churchill's Love And Information at the Royal Court. As a writer his stage adaptation of The Odyssey was performed at the Young Vic. His next play Two Step at the Almeida Theatre. He also wrote and starred in the SKY drama City Hall for which he won the CDN best breakthrough director/writer award.

Doctor Melaine Coward – Head of School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey

Rotimi Akinsete – Director for the Centre for Wellbeing, University of Surrey

Ms Mary John - Head of Department for Psychological Practice and Intervention, Programme Director Psych D Clinical Psychology