Some of you might remember, my father was diagnosed with malignant ascites and, eventually, stage four colon cancer, this past fall.
During that time, and for a couple of months after his passing, I decided to take a break from Celebrity Psychings. It became to difficult to keep up with celebrity news and construct meaningful, mental health posts based on celebrity goings-on without coming across as gossipy or pageview-seeking.
(For example, I’m much more interested in writing pieces like 5 Mental Health Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities, 7 Celebrity Quotes On Getting Older, Wiser, and Better, and Wentworth Miller: The First Time I Tried to Kill Myself I was 15 than I am on, say, minute-by-minute updates on Justin Bieber and his inevitable DUI.
(Though I’m definitely not saying there’s not a lesson to be learned there!)
(Have you checked out his piece Celebrity Recovery From a Person Perspective yet? Great article inspired by Richard Dreyfuss and his battles with bipolar disorder.)
Now that the dust has settled, so to speak, I’m ready to begin writing Celebrity Psychings again. So, basically I just wanted to take this post to explain my absence, thank Michael for stepping up when I needed him, and ask YOU, sweet readers, what you’d like to see in upcoming Celebrity Psychings posts?
Thanks for sticking around! It’s great to be back
As an advocate, I have been given a chance to speak for those that have yet to be heard. I have been given a chance to speak out through my own experience, good and bad, and understand that everyone deserves a chance to become anything they set out to be in life. I also understand that choices have consequences. Until you find it in yourself and put that aside in order to move on with your dreams, you will never succeed in your ultimate goals in life. That is why I’m honored to have a forum that allows me the opportunity to “humanize” the issue of mental health. It has also come to my attention that I needed to give you, my audience, a bit more background about, me.
I don’t consider myself the greatest of writers and worse yet I have terrible time writing strictly about myself. It comes naturally to insert my “background” into the relationship of other people’s issues as a means to identify empathy. It comes a little more naturally for me in a speaking forum where I can read the audience and answer any questions they might have for further clarification of issues that I have either, already mentioned and need further elaboration, or discuss specific issues that I may have unknowingly glossed over.
I’ll start out with some background info that is already written on the about page of my suicide awareness campaign everyminute.org. Some of my proudest moments include speaking to the criminal justice community at the 2007 CIT International Conference with my then wife-to-be Lisa and making great friends with the Blacksburg VA. Police Dept.; speaking at the TBI TIES Training Conference for law enforcement here in the State of Tennessee; and being part of a university research study that measured the efficacy of knowledge-based contact for the reduction of stigma and improvement of mental health literacy in adolescents. Just having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people nationwide while speaking and training other advocates in …
Today (September 10, 2013), the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day.
The USC School of Social Work is sponsoring a Suicide Awareness Blog Carnival to commemorate this day of suicide awareness.
I’ve written past suicide-related posts about celebrities as well as suicide warning signs and suicide prevention and awareness, but today I’d like to shine a light on one of the most recent actors to come out about suicide (pun intended).
Happy Monday, dear readers!
As you read this, I am officially on vacation. That means no work — including Celebrity Psychings posts!
Don’t fret, though; I’ve compiled a list of some of this year’s most popular posts for you!
From getting tips on creating your own staycation and at-home spa to catching up on what’s happening with some famous names and their mental health issues or advocacy work, it’s all here.
Consider it a little summer reading or a chance to play catch-up if you’re kids are already back in school!
Tim McGraw wasn’t the only artist to overcome some personal challenges and release a new album last Tuesday.
Jim James – probably better known to most of you as the founder, lead singer, and primary songwriter for the Louisville, KY-based rock band My Morning Jacket – released his first full-length solo album, too.
In light of the recent Manti Te’o Fake Dead Girlfriend scandal, I thought now’d be a good time to talk about some ways you can stay safe during online dating.
After all, it’s 2013, and online dating isn’t the uncommon, semi-taboo thing it used to be in the past.
Everyday people meet others on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as online dating sites like Match and eHarmony, and sometimes romantic relationships begin.
In the year 2012, current gigs as The X Factor judges are the cherries on the cake for singers-actresses Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
Both ladies have publicly endured some trying times over the past few years (Lovato completed rehab for emotional and physical issues and Spears, well, we all remember).
2012 has brought happier times, though.
Even though aspects of her personal and professional life is still heavily monitored (the pop star is still under conservatorship), Spears continues to flourish. VH1 ranked Spears 11th on its 2012 “100 Greatest Women in Music” list and Forbes listed her as the 6th most powerful celebrity and the 3rd highest paid musician of 2011-12
(Please forgive my week-long hiatus. Over the past week, the East Coast was hit pretty hard with extreme heat waves and severe thunderstorms, leading to long-term power outages and, of course, no Internet access. It seems the worst is behind us, and I hope to be back for good!)
Last week I told you about the Offspring’s new album, Days Go By, and the recently released title track, which Offspring frontman Dexter Holland says has a “message of hope.”
I’ve heard the song several times on the radio (if you haven’t, you can stream the entire album courtesy of Rolling Stone), and I can see how the lyrics might inspire hope in some listeners.
It’s a catchy tune, but, admittedly, it doesn’t inspire much hope in me. That’s only because “Days Go By” isn’t really my style. However, it DID make me think of songs that DO inspire hope in me – some of them because of their lyrics, some because of their music, and some because of both.
Bennett has had his fair share of drug-related experiences. He struggled with a cocaine habit in the Seventies, and like the rest of us, has watched extremely talented people like Amy Winehouse (whose last known recording was with Bennett) and Whitney Houston (for whom the pre-Grammys show became a memorial) crumble under addiction.
Later, while backstage at the Grammys, Bennett told Rolling Stone he sticks by his comment, stating drug legalization would:
[...] get rid of all the gangsters that make people hide. One thing I’ve learned about young people, when you say ‘Don’t do this,’ that’s the one thing they’re going to try and do. Once it’s legal and everybody can do it, there is no longer the desire to do something that nobody else can do.
Of course, Bennett’s idea isn’t new, by any means. Lots of people – yes, even those who don’t use drugs – feel drug legalization in America is the way to go.