As a blogger and Notting Hill resident, I was very excited to be invited to write for the Notting Hill Post. I wasn’t sure what to start with – until today – when it was announced that “Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to award Ruby Wax with an OBE for services to mental health.” I KNOW !! (I am still apologising profusely to neighbours and colleagues for my extremely loud whooping and cheering when I heard this confirmed news). You are probably aware that Ruby lives in Notting Hill so this is definitely worthy of a big mention on the Notting Hill Post blog.
To me, she is now known as ROBEY and there is nobody more deserving of this brilliant accolade. Ruby’s tireless campaigning for a better understanding of mental illness and breaking down stigma has made a phenomenal difference in many people’s lives, both in the UK and throughout the world. I wanted to see her appropriately recognised for this work – hence why I nominated her. In fact, almost exactly a year ago, we went to Kensington Palace because I nominated her for a smaller, Depression Alliance award, which she won – little did we know that a year later we would be celebrating an actual OBE.
I have been a sufferer of mental illness and do my best to tweet, write and talk about it to do whatever it takes to help breaking down barriers. But Ruby went as far as gaining a Masters degree from Oxford University in Mindful-Based Cognitive Therapy and has dedicated her entire career and life to this area.
Ruby might be American but really she’s ours and I feel incredibly proud and excited that The Queen has recognised her efforts – and gone further to help put mental illness on the map. mirandabunting
Notting Hill Post adds BTW: This is what Ruby Wax says in Huffington Post … huffingtonpost