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Published: 08 October 2014

Waxing lyrical: Ruby Wax in conversation with Professor Jim Al-Khalili

University of Surrey Professor and BBC Radio 4 Life Scientific presenter Jim Al-Khalili will host the next in his series of his 'Jim Meets' interviews with special guest, comedienne and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax on Thursday 27 November at the University of Surrey.

Having recently completed a Master's degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford and published a number one best-selling book about taming the brain, Ruby now works widely as a mental health campaigner, seeking to put an end to the stigma surrounding mental health.

She has experienced episodes of depression for most of her life, but it wasn't until she finally checked into a clinic, that she realised how widespread mental health problems are. It's so common, it could be anyone,” she said. “The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse.

Also at the event , the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the University, and the President of the Students' Union will sign the Time to Change pledge, an action plan to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

Rotimi Akinsete, Director of Wellbeing at the University of Surrey, said: “We know stigma is a powerful force in preventing people with mental health difficulties from gaining access to appropriate support.  Indeed, most students do not disclose their mental health problems to staff, primarily due to fear of discrimination during their studies and in professional employment. Through events like this, we can make positive steps to raise awareness of issues and highlight the support that is available.

“At Surrey, we are committed to providing full support to staff and students. The Centre for Wellbeing offers a range of services including counselling, advice and workshops to assist with any wellbeing concerns.  We also work closely with the Students’ Union and the Surrey Sports Park to help raise awareness and encourage a positive work, study and life balance.

‘Jim Meets Ruby Wax’ will take place on Thursday 27 November, 7:30 p.m., Rik Medlik Lecture Theatre, University of Surrey.