press release
Published: 19 September 2017

Come and join us for a panel discussion on mental health with Professor Ruby Wax

By Natasha Meredith

To mark ‘World Mental Health Day’, the University of Surrey is delighted to invite members of the public to a panel discussion ‘Not all Wounds are Visible’ on combating the stigma of mental health. 

Ruby Wax

Joining us on the evening will be acclaimed comedienne, Professor Ruby Wax and writer and actor Rhashan Stone, who will discuss mental health and the difficulties that individuals and their families face when seeking help. Panel members will also include Dr Melaine Coward, Head of School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, Rotimi Akinsete, Head of Well Being at the institution and clinical psychologist, Mary John.

A vocal advocate of mental health, Professor Wax will draw on her own personal experience of mental health and the difficulties she has faced and will be supported by close friend Rhashan Stone, who will highlight the realities of supporting a person in the situation. Other panel members will offer their expert opinion on how to identify and treat people with mental difficulties. 

Mental health is an area of growing concern, with one in four adults every year experiencing a mental health related problem that will impact their personal and professional lives, but research shows that only a quarter of these will seek support. Left untreated, patients will often experience a rapid decline in mental health, which is ultimately more difficult to care for.

Dr Melaine Coward said: “I am delighted to have Ruby here to help raise the issue of mental health.

“Mental health is an area so often swept under the carpet, but it is important that we give people the confidence to speak out and ask for help. Here at Surrey we are helping to train the next generation of health professionals who will be able to treat and care for those in need.”

Ruby Wax, who is a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey, said: “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity by the University of Surrey. I am very much looking forward to sharing my experiences to help inform teaching and learning, particularly in the area of mental health.”  

This event is scheduled to place on the eve of World Mental Health Day on the 9th October at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.

Adult tickets are £10 and £5 for under 16s, over 65s or students.

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