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Laughter in the Face of Mental Illness

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

5783575155_33f7a63b8b_m-3This weekend, I had the opportunity to see the comedy/spoken word one man show Fruitcake: Ten Commandments of the Psych Ward, by Rob Gee. It was a wonderful production. The performance was witty, energetic, engaging, and wickedly funny. This show was about the lessons Rob has learned from his time of working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital (with the help of the voice of God, who happens to be a Jamaican woman). It’s not easy to laugh in the face of mental illness, especially when the play revolves around the stories of his patients.

At the beginning of the play, you are introduced to Rob, the voice of God that he hears in his head, some of his coworkers and the residents of the hospital. Because of the delicate nature of the subject, the audience doesn’t exactly know how to react at first. We aren’t sure if we should be laughing -and so our response is tentative at best.


RIP Robin Williams

Monday, August 11th, 2014

 

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It is being reported by several reputable news sources that Robin Williams passed away this morning, at the age of 63, from an apparent suicide by asphyxiation.

He was best known for films such as Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, and TV’s incomparable Mork from Mork and Mindy.

His publicist says that he had been battling severe depression as of late, and had recently been seeking treatment for drug abuse.


Keira Knightley Stars in Domestic Violence PSA [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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Earlier this year, Keira Knightley starred in one of the most intense domestic violence campaigns I’ve seen, ever.

The 28-year-old actress and her Atonement director Joe Wright teamed up with the UK’s Women’s Aid to make the two-minute video, which follows Knightley as she wraps up a scene on her current set and heads home to her abusive partner.

The incredibly disturbing and all-too-real scene that follows ends with: “Isn’t it time someone called cut?”


Nashville Stars Record Children Songs for “Everybody Has a Story”

Friday, July 5th, 2013

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We all know music is therapeutic, right?

Whether we’re listening to it, singing it, playing it, writing it–music can help us work out emotions, manage depression, and even find meaning in our lives.

That’s exactly why Jenny Plume and Tom Fouce came up with the Everybody Has a Story project at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


Rihanna Might Head to Love Rehab

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love!

OK, so some of my younger readers not get that reference (and if you don’t, here you go), but according to Grazia Daily, our beloved Rihanna might be addicted to love–specifically, Chris Brown’s love.

(If you’ll remember, Rihanna and Chris Brown began dating in 2006, but split up after Brown assaulted her after a pre-Grammy party in 2009. Since then, their on-again, off-again relationship has been a roller coaster of restraining orders, anger management, probation appearances, and tense media interviews.)

Reportedly, Rihanna is considering spending a six-week break from her current Diamonds World Tour getting some relationship and sexual recovery, or what the media are referring to as love therapy and love rehab.

Why?


Actor Matthew Perry Awarded for Drug Court Advocacy

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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Earlier this month, U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske presented former Friends star Matthew Perry with the Champion of Recovery Award for “giving a voice to millions of Americans in recovery.”

How has the 43-year-old actor done that, you ask?

By being so vocal about his own addiction and recovery and supporting President Obama’s efforts to fight alcohol and drug abuse in America, to the White House’s way of thinking.

Specifically, his staunch support of America’s drug courts.


Who Can Kids Talk to About Alcohol and Drug Addiction?

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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R&B star Mario recently talked with The Fix about the Mario Do Right Foundation, an organization he established in 2007 to help kids who deal with alcoholism and drug abuse in their families and communities.

Through the Mario Do Right Foundation, the 26-year-old also created the “Live Right Do Right” program, a 16-week after-school program that both educates children about substance abuse and helps them cope with drug addiction and alcoholism in their families.


Weekend Listening: The Effects of Bullying With Tamara Hill

Friday, March 29th, 2013

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Another week down, another week closer to spring!

What? It’s already spring?

Someone should tell all the sleet, snow, and 30-degree temperatures I’ve suffered through over the past week.

Anyway, I have a great Weekend Listening for you guys this weekend. Regardless of your own weather, you’re going to want to carve out a few minutes to check it out.

Earlier this week, Psych Central’s own Tamara Hill of Caregivers, Family, & Friends talked with Yvonne Pierre of The Yvonne Pierre Show during Pierre’s ENUF Series.


Celebs Set to Support Amy Winehouse Foundation Inaugural Gala

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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Planning on being in New York City tonight and have a few thousand dollars lying around (I’m just guessing on that – don’t get excited, it’s probably booked up)?

Maybe you’ll want to swing by the Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards & Gala.

The Foundation’s inaugural gala not only will feature performances from award-winning singers like Jennifer Hudson, but also it will present its own awards.

That’s right. Tony Bennett, who’s been a huge supporter of of the Foundation and has donated more than $200, 000 to it, will receive The AWF Inspiration Award for Lifetime Achievement. NAS, who described Amy as being “like a little sister to [him]” (I had No Idea), will receive The AWF Inspiration Award for a New Generation.

According to Amy’s father and mastermind behind the Foundation, Mitch Winehouse, the Foundation hasn’t really gotten the ball rolling on fundraising just yet, but is already present in 200 schools and has given 10 scholarships to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra also has been on the receiving end of the Foundation’s charity, to the tune of $10,000.


What, What? What, What? Macklemore and the You Can Play Campaign

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Macklemore The Heist Tour 2

Okay, so by now you’ve probably heard “Thrift Shop,” the fifth, final, and arguably most popular hit off rapper Macklemore’s debut album The Heist.

“Thrift Shop” debuted back in October 2012 (on my birthday – what what, what what), peaked at Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and — how’s this for impressive — is the second independent song in history to achieve the that spot nearly 20 years after Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You)” in 1994.

Now the 29-year-old Seattle native is giving us another kind of hit.


 

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