Wow Wow Wow. Just got in from seeing Ruby Wax’s new show ‘Sane New World’. It’s well documented that Ruby has been diagnosed with clinical depression and, like so many things in her life, tackled it head on, talked loudly about it, studied it and now has the tools to see the signs of it’s return and in turn manage it.
However the most important aspect (as I see it) is that she talks about it. She brings ‘depression’ into the public domain. There’s no stigma to it. It’s just life… and for 1 in 4 of us it’s often everyday life. Like Stephen Fry, she is able to articulate something that many people shy away from and indeed deliver it in a way that you can even laugh! (SHOCK HORROR).
The show though isn’t downhearted or depressing. It’s not a ‘woe is me’ tale nor is the audience full to the brim with ‘tie-dye’ or the bar/restaurant devoid of sharp objects for fear of anything happening. Actually it’s well rounded and for everyone. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t benefit from seeing the show, listening to it and being open to understanding it. After all 1 in 4 people have depression in their lifetime and if we were all better able to spot the signs, address it, talk about it and take action, I’m quite sure the world would be a much better place… and a little saner!
It’s certainly spurred me on to revisit my NLP training, dig out my notes from my Certification and Masters. I think that although I know I still practice some of the techniques myself, it would be an incredibly valuable tool to reinstate in my life, work, advocacy and general practice.
Go see the show… On until 14 March at St James’ Theatre, London Tickets