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SNL’s Brooks Wheelan: Talk It Out

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

brooks_wheelanTelevision’s Saturday Night Live is comedy’s premier prestigious launching pad into stratospheric show business success. The legendary list of movie superstars the show has produced is too luminously long to list here. To be included in SNL’s clever cast is to have your comedic resume branded with the gold standard, a future surely set with inestimable fame and fortune.

Unless you’re Brooks Wheelan. The 27 year-old comedian announced via Twitter that he’s been fired from the show after only one uneventful season.

What’s the next step for a relative newcomer whose show biz dreams have been unexpectedly, unceremoniously shattered?


Justin Bieber: Is It Biological?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

shutterstock_171494870Last week, when Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor vandalism in his highly-publicized egg throwing barrage on a neighbor’s home earlier this year, it was the most recent of a rash of run-ins with the law for the 20 year-old Canadian singer-songwriter.

The precocious pop star’s growing rap sheet over the last two years, including charges of DUI, assault, and vandalism, has even casual observers wondering why.


Advice to Kanye West: Lean In

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

kanyeYou haven’t asked my advice, Kanye, but I’ll give it anyway. I like to help people.

You got yourself into another media maelstrom yesterday by allegedly suggesting that dealing with the paparazzi is like rape. Needless to say, you offended just about everyone in the process. Your comment was inexcusable; you know it.


Kanye West: The Only Perfectionist

Monday, July 7th, 2014

kanyewestIf you’re a fan of Kanye West, one adjective always seems to scream out in articles about the legendary hip hop artist and entrepreneur: perfectionist.

The 37 year-old West has also been labeled outspoken and controversial but there’s no arguing with his impact on culture worldwide by virtue of his status as one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Recently, the singer/songwriter/producer was again in the headlines following his glittering marriage to reality television personality Kim Kardashian. Curiously, the heated reports focused on the wedding photograph—West complained to the media his honeymoon was “ruined”: apparently four days were consumed by the couple painstakingly editing the “perfect wedding photo”.


La Beouf: Not Shy About Acting Out

Friday, July 4th, 2014

shiaLast week, when actor Shia La Beouf made headlines for his outrageous public behavior at a New York theater, it was no surprise to those who have followed the career of the 28 year-old actor.

La Beouf is probably best known for his leading role in the first three “Transformer” films. He rose to prominence as the title character in the Disney Channel series, “Even Stevens”.

His meteoric rise in Hollywood notwithstanding, La Beouf‘s name has emblazoned the headlines fairly regularly over the last few years. It hasn’t been with rave reviews; the gossip rags have routinely fed on his fairly obvious public disdain for rules and laws.


Psych Central Seeks New Blogger for ‘Celebrity Psychings’

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Hello, sweet readers!

It’s with a bittersweet smile that I announce I’m resigning my role as writer for ‘Celebrity Psychings.’

With the help of Dr. John Grohol and Psych Central, I started ‘Celebrity Psychings’ in 2008 in hopes of using celebrity events as ways to educate readers, promote mental health advocacy, and eradicate the stigma of mental illness. Although not everyone appreciates the mixture of celebrity culture and mental health, I felt it presented a learning opportunity and used ‘Celebrity Psychings’ as such.

However, due to work and life changes, it’s become too difficult for me to give the blog the respectful attention it deserves, and rather than continue on and risk providing you with subpar posts, I’ve opted to bow out and pass the keyboard to a new writer.

Psych Central and I are now looking for a new blogger to fill the role. For more details and to apply for the position, please respond to careers@psychcentral.com with information such as:

  • Your blogging experience, including links to writing samples or your current blog.
  • Any experience you have in the mental health field, whether it’s professional experience or experience as a consumer or advocate.
  • Details on how you’d manage ‘Celebrity Psychings.’ For example, the blog isn’t meant to be used merely as a celebrity news outlet. What can YOU bring to the table?

Please put “Celebrity Psychings Blogger Position” in the subject field. Psych Central will contact potential candidates with further instructions.

Thanks so much for your readership and remember, you can still find me at Your Body, Your Mind and Psychology Around the Net every Saturday morning.


What’s YOUR Favorite Happy Song?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Listen to the Music

I have a friend whom I consider my musical soulmate, and sometimes we’ll randomly share a tune with each other to either bring back memories (we’re around the same age, so we were going through some of life’s common milestones around the same time) or just see what the other thinks of it.

A few months ago, he asked me about my favorite go-to happy song, and without hesitation I answered “Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers.

(I don’t know why, but there’s just always been something about that song that plucks my serotonin, even when I was a child.)


Celebrity Psychings: Officially Off Hiatus!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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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!)

Fortunately, my good friend and founder of everyminute.org, Michael Corbin, stepped in and contributed a few posts for my readers.

(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 :)


The World According To, Me

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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 yoM. Corbin everyminute.orgur 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 …


Staying Hungry……

Monday, November 25th, 2013


 

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