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Frazzled Cafes...Ruby Wax

On Monday night the Wellbeing Team from Blackpool had a staff night out to see Ruby Wax on her current tour promoting the new book ‘A mindfulness guide for the Frazzled’. The is a follow up book from ‘Sane New World’ where whilst, seeking a remedy for her own  depression, Wax immersed herself in the science of the brain, taking a master’s in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford University. Ithe first book was a good read but unfortunately I missed the tour when she was in the area.

This year in my quest to support the local libraries I have not had chance to read the book but managed to get tickets for the show. It was a great show; a strange mix of Ruby’s humor – sharp and observant, with a relevant and informative approach to mindfullness. She had the audience participating in mindful activity and encouraged ways to develop mindfulness into day to day living.

After the evening she invited the audience to participate further in a question and answer session – which can be described as nothing else but interesting! While Ruby did continually promote and plug for sales of her new book what really stood out was that each copy of her book comes with a bookmark/ promotion  of  ‘Frazzled Cafes’. She advised that during every tour she had acknowledged peoples desire to talk and connect with others about their own experiences. She established a  partnership with Marks and Spencer’s Café to offer a supportive environment to discuss mental health and wellbeing. The website states:

Frazzled Cafe meetings provide a ‘talk-in’ place where people who are feeling frazzled can meet on a regular basis to talk and share their personal stories in a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental environment - a place where it's ok, to not be ok. 
A key factor in helping to overcome those feelings is knowing that we are not alone - there is no substitute for meeting face-to-face and connecting with others. This isn’t just for the one-in-four Britons who will suffer a mental illness at some point in their lives, but for the four-in-four feeling overwhelmed by the stresses of modern life.’

Apparently any ‘Frazzled Café’ Sessions will be supported by a qualified facilitator.

Its an interesting concept and I havnt read enough about it to have a fully informed opinion at this point but thought it was worth sharing with you all to give you the opportunity to find out more:http://www.rubywax.net/frazzled-cafe.html

Let me know what you think?