I'm talking about this word parenting, of which I know nothing. Even though my lower half has been used as a channel tunnel for 3 new arrivals... I still know nothing. Yes, I've had three, count those stretch marks. Even the word Parent fills me with fear and loathing...I remember when I'd hear, "Wait until your parents find out, boy is your bottom going to be whipped…" No, not my parents. Please here take my fingernails, I'll tweek them out myself, just don't tell my parents.
One in four people have some form of mental illness, and Ruby Wax wants to talk about it. Watch her TEDTalk, posted 10th October and inspired by her show Losing It, to start the conversation. One project she didn't get to mention on stage at TEDGlobal: This winter, Wax started up the Black Dog Tribe (http://www.blackdogtribe.com ), an online network for people with mental illness to connect with each other.
So the TED Blog asked Ruby for more about the Black Dog, her next show, performing in mental institutions, and the big questions that we still can't talk about.
In years to come, anyone consulting the class of 2012 photograph from Oxford University’s Kellogg College will see among the dignified students looking earnestly into the camera, a very mature (in attitude not years) student looking demented with happiness - that would be me.