Archive for March, 2009

Confirmed: Matthew Lewis, Advocacy Rockstar

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

It’s been confirmed: Matthew Lewis is indeed involved with Action for Children, has been since it was better known as the National Children’s Home, and is currently one of the coolest people on the planet:

Rock on, Matt.


Matthew Lewis Participates In Action For Children Photo Call

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
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I heard read something interesting the other day, and although I can’t find anything to confirm it just yet, the source was pretty reliable (if you consider news straight from the subject’s mouth – or, er…fingertips – to be “pretty reliable”).

It seems Matthew Lewis, that strapping young bloke over there to the right (you might recognize him as Neville Longbottom) recently took part in a photo call for the UK’s Action for Children charity.

Action for Children “supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK” and among the organizations many campaigns and goals is the Growing Strong campaign, which advocates for the emotional well being of some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children and encourages the nation to look at the harmful choices children can make, the issue of children having less happy and carefree time, and the fact that one in 10 UK children has a mental health problem.

We need to talk about:

  • why children in the UK have low emotional wellbeing compared to other countries in the developed world
  • real children, not stereotypes
  • why children make harmful choices that can affect their future
  • why one in 10 children in the UK has a mental health problem
  • why childhood no longer seems to be a happy and carefree time

We need to listen because time and time again children tell us they just need someone to talk to before things go badly wrong.

I don’t know why Mr. Lewis was involved in a photo call (will I ever? probably not until the site posts something about it – I doubt I’ll get a response from him, ha :) ), but it sounds like a great organization to get involved with!


Queen Latifah And John Mayer Address Visible And Invisible War Injuries

Monday, March 30th, 2009
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Attention Parents:

If you have a child of the Sesame Street-viewing age, mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Thanks to Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street, David Letterman’s production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated, and Lookalike Productions, Queen Latifah, John Mayer, and Elmo will appear in a half-hour, primetime special Coming Home: Military Families Cope With Change.

The program is dedicated to helping military families and their young children understand and cope with the changes that often accompany deployments – specifically the visible and invisible injuries soldiers bring home.

From SesameWorkshp.org:

This half-hour HD special tells stories of service members who return home with injuries, visible and invisible, and explores the heroic struggles their families face in discovering a new way of finding a “new normal.” It salutes the extraordinary courage and strength of these military families and offers the general public a powerful glimpse into what they often must endure. The special will air on PBS on April 1, 2009 at 8PM (check local listings) in conjunction with April as the “Month of the Military Child.”

I’d also recommend this to nonmilitary families with children; regardless of their parents’ views on what we’re doing over there, these children can learn a valuable lesson about the physical and mental war wounds so many of our soldiers bring home, as well as what their peers – the children of military families – must cope with.

I applaud Queen Latifah and John Mayer for getting involved in such a good cause (not Elmo, though – he’s just doing his job), as well as David Letterman and Worldwide Pants Incorporated.

While you wait, you can catch a sneak peek of the show and also head over to Parasites of the Mind and find out how John Mayer song helped fellow blogger Michele Rosenthal heal from her own invisible injuries.


Don't Avert Your Eyes: Know When And How To Contact Help

Friday, March 27th, 2009

This post is the final part of the “Don’t Avert Your Eyes” series here at Celebrity Psychings. Learn more about how Joaquin Phoenix prompted this weeklong series and find a complete list of all the posts.

Thus far in the “Don’t Avert Your Eyes” series we’ve talked about the importance of knowing the symptoms of mental illness and how to talk to someone you think might be struggling with mental illness, as well as knowing both how the person might react and how you can react.

Up until this point, I’ve offered the suggestions I have based on the idea – the concern or possibility – that someone you love might be struggling with mental illness.

You should know, though, that not every situation merely calls for you letting the person know you love and care about them and then waiting for the person to make the next move. Crisis situations – situations in which you fear for the person’s safety and the safety of others – do happen, and everyone should be prepared for taking action during these extreme circumstances.

After all, we all know how to get to the emergency room when someone’s broken a leg or had a heart attack, don’t we? Shouldn’t we also know what to do when it’s someone’s mental health – and maybe even life – that’s at stake?


Izzie Who? Tonight, It's All About Owen Hunt For Me

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
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After several months of hinting at Major Owen Hunt’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (and at times, more than hinting at it), Grey’s Anatomy is going all out in tonight’s episode, “Elevator Love Letter.”

eonline.com currently has three sneak peeks available, and the first two are all about Seattle Grace’s Army-doc-turned-newest-Mc[whatever].

I don’t know which scene I liked the most – the conversation between Hunt and Derek Shepherd, or the intense “battle” between Hunt and Cristina Yang.

I do know one thing, though: If tonight’s episode is as good as the sneak peeks suggest, for me Owen Hunt’s PTSD storyline has definitely outshined Izzie Stevens’ stage four metastatic melanoma.

Be sure to watch tonight, but in the meantime you can check out PTSD Survivor Speaks Out: Grey’s Anatomy, Kevin McKidd, And Entertainment Media to read more about how McKidd prepared for the role of Owen Hunt and how one survivor feels about the portrayal of PTSD in entertainment media.


Don't Avert Your Eyes: Know How To React

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

This “Don’t Avert Your Eyes” post was inspired by PTSD survivor and awareness advocate Michele Rosenthal. Michele runs the PTSD blog Parasites of the Mind, and recently contributed “What I Wish My Family Had Known” to CarrotOfHope.org, an article that takes a look at the PTSD perspective and how family and friends can interpret behavior and continue to interact.

Learn more about how Joaquin Phoenix prompted this weeklong series, find out what we talked about yesterday, and don’t forget to stop back by – it’s running until Friday, March 27!

Yesterday I gave you some ideas about what you could expect after bringing up the subject of mental illness with someone you suspect might be struggling with mental health problems – namely anger, apathy, and avoidance and how so many other negative states like fear, panic, confusion, and shame go into them.

Now that you know what to expect, how are you supposed to handle it?


Don't Avert Your Eyes: Know What To Expect

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

This “Don’t Avert Your Eyes” post was inspired by PTSD survivor and awareness advocate Michele Rosenthal. Michele runs the PTSD blog Parasites of the Mind, and recently contributed “What I Wish My Family Had Known” to CarrotOfHope.org, an article that takes a look at the PTSD perspective and how family and friends can interpret behavior and continue to interact.

Learn more about how Joaquin Phoenix prompted this weeklong series, find out what we talked about yesterday, and don’t forget to stop back by – it’s running until Friday, March 27!

Yesterday I gave you some tips on how to address the issue of mental illness with a loved one you think might be dealing with mental health problems and left you with the warning that your concerns might not be….warmly received.

Even if, deep down, a person really believes he might be struggling with a mental illness, the chances that he’ll react negatively to any suggestion you make are pretty high.

Thanks to stigma and this innate drive so many of us have to be “normal,” few people react positively to the suggestion of mental illness (unless, of course, the possibility of mental illness finally answers questions they’ve been asking about themselves for so long – which, indeed, does happen).

As far as negative reactions go, you can expect, and in no particular order, what I’ve dubbed “The Three A’s” – Anger, Apathy, and Avoidance.


Don't Avert Your Eyes: Know How To Talk About Mental Illness

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

This post is part of the “Don’t Avert Your Eyes” series here at Celebrity Psychings. Learn more about how Joaquin Phoenix prompted this weeklong series, check out the first post, and don’t forget to stop back by – it’s running until Friday, March 27!

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they suspect someone they care about has a mental health problem is to avoid the issue. Maybe they think if they ignore it long enough, it’ll go away – the person will work it out on his own or find someone more qualified to help. The truth is, while the majority of you aren’t psychiatrists, as loved ones you are – to a point – very “qualified to help” through awareness, education, and support.

The first step toward helping is addressing the issue. Below are eight general “dos and don’ts” to help you do just that.


Don't Avert Your Eyes: Know The Symptoms Of Mental Illness

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

This post is part of the “Don’t Avert Your Eyes” series here at Celebrity Psychings. Learn more about how Joaquin Phoenix prompted this weeklong series, and don’t forget to stop back by – it’s running until Friday, March 27!

Remember when I told you about my therapist friend who says she always pays attention to what her clients’ family members and friends say about them? There’s a reason for that: These people – these family members and friends and sometimes even coworkers – spends way more time with clients than therapists spend with clients; therefore, it’s usually pretty easy for these people to notice when someone close to them starts exhibiting signs of potential mental health problems.

It’s easier for these people to see how the person acts when the person is in his or her normal environment and not being scrutinized by a professional, and sometimes they even notice the signs before the person in question notices them.

But what exactly are the “signs of potential mental health problems”?


If You Suspect Mental Illness, Don't Avert Your Eyes

Saturday, March 21st, 2009
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Earlier this week, I watched a video of the “entertainment experts” over at NewsOK.com discussing Joaquin Phoenix’s current shenanigans and whether or not his behavior is for show or indicative of substance abuse or a mental health problem.

Overall, it was probably the most grounded discussion about Phoenix I’ve encountered. Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett, Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang, Features Writer Heather Warlick, and Assistant Features Editor Matthew Price mostly just tossed around some thoughts about Phoenix’s new look and behavior, and while there were a few cracks at his mental state, nothing was too degrading.

However, when I scrolled down the page and read the “transcript” of the video (and I use quotations because it’s not a word-for-word transcript), I saw that the transcript quoted Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang as saying:

But there’s a serious side of the Joaquin issue. Remember, this is a guy who was raised in the notorious cult the Children of God, and he watched his brother River die in front of the Viper Room in Los Angeles, so the guy doesn’t have baggage – he has a warehouse full of Samsonite. If he’s having problems, we should be averting our eyes, not chuckling at his meltdown.

If Phoenix is having legit problems (and not just wrapped up in some awkward Andy Kaufman-eqsue hoax), of course we shouldn’t be chuckling. But averting our eyes? We shouldn’t be doing that, either.

Well, maybe we should, to a point, but Phoenix’s loved ones and friends shouldn’t. At all.

I’ve already expressed my opinion about Dr. Dobransky’s tacky (and possibly self-serving) schizophrenia diagnosis, so naturally I’m not suggesting we all stare at Phoenix and share thoughts on which mental illness – if any – he has. What I’m suggesting is that Phoenix’s loved ones and friends pay attention to his change in appearance and behavior, and be at the ready should those changes indeed be indicative of a bigger problem.

Just like the rest of us should do the same for our own family …


 

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