Mad Confessions: Tune in tonight

Ruby Wax will appear in a groundbreaking TV documentary this evening to highlight the problems surrounding mental illness – and she chose to film at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as part of her drive to raise awareness.

The hour-long Channel 4 programme sees the comedian talking frankly about her own problems with depression, her mission to end stigma and encouraging people to be open about their own mental illness.

Ruby visited the Maudsley hospital twice and chatted to several service users about their issues and experiences and shared some of her own, which involved suffering huge bouts of depression. She also had a few laughs and a long chat with Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Honorary Consultant at SLaM and Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, who discussed how mental illness in the work place is more widely recognised now but there is still a “great deal of progress” to be made.

The filming was for Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions, which is part of a week-long campaign on Channel 4 to encourage openness and tackle the stigma experienced by people with mental health problems.

To watch Ruby talking to SLaM staff and service users tune into Channel 4 tonight at 10pm.

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