Editor, Safety & Health Practitioner

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Ian joined UBM in 2018 as the Online Editor of Safety & Health Practitioner. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming.

Prior to moving to UBM, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.

May 17, 2018

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Safety & Health Expo 2018

Ruby Wax inspirational quotes

Mental health campaigner and comedian Ruby Wax OBE will be speaking at Safety & Health Expo in June.

Ruby Wax, who has published several books on the subject, including Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, will be speaking on 19 June at 11.30, in Safety and Health Expo’s Keynote Theatre, which is supported by Safety Media. The event is being held at the Excel in London. You can register to attend for free here.

During the talk, Ruby will address the importance of good mental health as well as tackling the problems of communication within businesses and organisations, especially for leaders. Combining psychological insights with her understanding of writing and performing, and of course humour, Ruby helps both individuals and groups understand how to create an open, honest culture that encourages and succeeds. A hilarious yet essential education not to be missed by responsible employers and employees alike.

ruby wax mental healthRuby Wax on Mental Health

“Why, when you have a mental disease, is it always considered an act of imagination? Why is it that every organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy except the brain?”

“1 in 5 people have dandruff. 1 in 4 people have mental health problems. I’ve had both.”

“I’ll say it again – mental illness is a physical illness. You wouldn’t consider going up to someone suffering from Alzheimer’s to yell, ‘Come on, get with it, you remember where you left your keys?’ Let us shout it from the rooftops until everyone gets the message; depression has and nothing to do with having a bad day or being sad, it’s a killer if not taken seriously.”

“It’s so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse.”

Ruby Wax on depression

“It’s an unfortunate word, ‘depression’, because the illness has nothing to do with feeling sad, sadness is on the human palette. Depression is a whole other beast. It’s when your old personality has left town and been replaced by a block of cement with black tar oozing through your veins and mind. This is when you can’t decide whether to get a manicure or jump off a cliff. It’s all the same. When I was institutionalised I sat on a chair unable to move for three months, frozen in fear. To take a shower was inconceivable. What made it tolerable was while I was inside, I found my tribe – my people. They understood and unlike those who don’t suffer, never get bored of you asking if it will ever go away? They can talk medication all hours, day and night; heaven to my ears.”

“The thing about depression is that there is nothing wrong with you on the outside. I mean you know you don’t have any lumps, or you don’t have any scars. You are not in a wheelchair. So people go ‘Come on, come on!’ Especially in England they say ‘Stiff upper lip; snap out of it.’ And you can’t.”

“If you are the lucky one that doesn’t have depression, the three odd out of four that might not understand it and you meet somebody with depression, the worst thing you can do is say ‘Come on pull yourself together.’ Just imagine that inside of their head they are just as ill as somebody maybe who broke their leg or who has diabetes.”

“For me mindfulness is like building a house, so the next time the tsunami that is depression comes I’ll have a structure in place to resist it.”

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Nicky Moffat, formerly the British Army’s highest ranking female officer, will be sharing her thoughts on driving inclusive change and enacting cultural and behaviour change on Wednesday 20th June, while Sir Clive Woodward, the coach behind England’s famous victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, will be sharing his secrets on creating successful teams and constructing the right environments for leadership to thrive on Thursday 21st June.

You can still register to attend the Safety & Health Expo for free below.

Workplace Wellbeing Show

Learn how to keep your workforce happy and healthy, and understand how to respond to the challenge of mental wellbeing in a brand new feature in Safety & Health Expo for 2019, featuring:

  • Wellbeing Theatre: for those FMs, HR professionals and H&S practitioners eager to improve the wellbeing of their workforces
  • Healthy Eating Café: promoting health eating in the workplace with salad boxes and delicious protein power bowls
  • Wellness Wall: experts from IWFM share ideas on how to encourage workplace wellbeing

Get your free ticket to Safety & Health Expo | ExCeL London | 18 - 20 June



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