Ruth Phillips –
Mental Health Recovery Worker

Ruth is a global citizen having lived in Zimbabwe, UK and more recently in Australia. Ruth enjoys adapting to new cultures and embraces all things multi-cultural. Since coming to Australia, Ruth has studied psychology, volunteered in community groups all the while raising her young family. Over the years, Ruth has spent many years enjoying literature, using her journalism skills and working in the social and humanities field. Ruth has worked with Toowoomba Clubhouse since 2016 and coordinates the Admin and Media Unit in Clubhouse. In her spare time, Ruth is an avid cyclist, hiker, camper, or just anything outdoors. Ruth is happiest when she is outdoors and enjoying the world.


Who would play you in a film?  Sigrid Thornton. When I was growing up, I had a perm and the kids at school would call me Philadelphia (after her character in All the Rivers Run). Plus I think she’s a great actor.

If you were planning a music festival, who – dead or alive – would be your headliner? Can I have two?  Coldplay – I love the lyrics and the atmosphere they create. Also, I think Albo – I really like the lead singer’s presence.

You're given an airplane ticket to anywhere in the world – where do you choose to go? South America – I’ve always liked the people and the culture. Patagonia and places like that are geographically stunning. And I love the food.

What's your favourite memory? When my late brother and I tried walked Chimanimani Mountain in Zimbabwe in a day. It was exhausting but we did it and I remember we had chocolate cake (and met other hikers who had tea) so we swapped and shared with them. No other person could have pushed me that far physically but that is one of my favourite memories.

Who is your inspiration? My big brother. Whenever I think how I can do things better, I think about what he would do. His personality was just beautiful. He achieved so much, was selfless and did a lot of good in his life – I aspire to be more like him.

You're on a deserted island – what have you brought with you? Poetry and books and I’d love some company too. Can I have more than one thing?

Why Toowoomba Clubhouse? I really enjoy working alongside our members. I love their personalities, the richness of their stories. If you look at the great writers, artists and achievers over the years, so many of them had their own mental health journey.