Wax works for Neshama

By John Fisher, July 3, 2014
Ruby Wax with LJWB's Jonathan Straight

Ruby Wax with LJWB's Jonathan Straight

With the experience of years spent battling depression, Ruby Wax told Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters that society needed to end the stigma of mental health.

Ms Wax - whose Sane New World show is based on her book about neuroscience - addressed LJWB's gala appeal dinner, which raised £100,000 for its Neshama mental health project.

Information overload was a problem in today's world, she said. "I want to wave a white flag and say 'please, that's enough, I can't take it'. I can just about take in the weather then I'm exhausted." She added that "as far as understanding how our minds work, we are in the dark ages. Our brain is driving us, we are not driving it."

Neshama helps those with mental health problems to re-establish control of their lives.

Last updated: 2:13pm, July 7 2014