Ruby Wax Helps Launch ‘Healthflix’: a Free Online Wellbeing Service During Coronavirus

by Mental Movement Magazine
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Health and lifestyle experts – including Ruby Wax, Dean Ornish and Michael Dixon – launch HealthFlix today, a free online service keeping people healthy during coronavirus isolation and beyond.

The coronavirus pandemic has upended people’s lives, substituting our daily routines with stress and anxiety. How can I self-isolate without isolating myself? Why can’t I sleep? How can I keep fit? What if someone I love gets sick? I’m elderly, I’m pregnant, I’m a healthcare worker – how can I look after myself?

These are just some of the issues tackled by HealthFlix, a free online service launching today and running for two weeks. Over 100 world leaders in health, wellbeing, psychology, and lifestyle have joined forces to create a packed schedule of live online classes to keep people physically and mentally healthy during the coronavirus crisis and beyond. 

Up to a thousand people will be able to enrol in each half-hour class, interacting with experts at the cutting edge of their discipline. Thousands more will be able to watch via YouTube live-streaming, and classes will be recorded for the HealthFlix website and YouTube channel

Among the names already confirmed to lead HealthFix classes are: 

  • Ruby Wax, actor, comedian and mental health campaigner 
  • Dean Ornish, MD, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, directing clinical research into how comprehensive lifestyle changes help fight heart disease and cancer 
  • Dr. Michael Dixon, GP and chair of the College of Medicine, a driving force behind the “social prescribing” movement to find health support within the community 
  • Dr. Stephen Porges, founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium and originator of the Polyvagal Theory, shedding light on how trauma affects us 
  • Dr. Daniel Siegel, clinical psychiatrist at UCLA and author of The Mindful Brain 

With so many people suddenly confined to their homes, there’s never been a better time to learn easy skills and build habits to balance stress, keep moving, stay calm, get to sleep, and manage negative emotions. These are practices you’ll want to hold on to and develop long-term, whatever your circumstances. 

Social isolation and stress were not invented with this virus. For the HealthFlix team, the big question has been: “Can we take this crisis – this pause in our lives – and use it to get inspired to learn new skills and better understand the science that will help support ourselves, our families and our communities in the future?” 

Ruby Wax, comedian and mental health campaigner, said: People ask, ‘What do we do now?’ I think, ‘We Evolve’. Now that we’ve got the time – as the busy-ness has screeched to a halt – we might as well try.” 

All HealthFlix teachers and leaders in their field are donating their time for free. If people would like to show their appreciation for this service they are invited to donate to Doctors Without Borders to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic. 

Visit the HealthFlix website at for more information, plus the full schedule for the first week of classes. 

Why not check out the HealthFlix classes available on YouTube!

Follow HealthFlix on Facebook, Instagram (@healthflix_official) and Twitter (@health_flix). 

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