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Reader Response: The Different Story of Celebrity Overdoses

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Some of you will remember, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a heroin overdose in February 2014.

I wrote about his death, expressing my sorrow (especially because he’d been doing so well, or seemed to be, last year), and it sparked an interesting conversation about how we react to celebrity drug overdoses compared to how we react to “Regular Joe” overdoses.

(By “we,” I mean the public — not the media.)


Staying Hungry……

Monday, November 25th, 2013


Celebrity Recovery From a Personal Perspective

Monday, November 18th, 2013


Bears Fan Reacts to Brandon Marshall’s Green Cleats, Character, and Fortitude

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Brandon Marshall of the Bears shows off his green shoes to teammate Jay Cutler before last week's game against the Giants. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / October 10, 2013)

Brandon Marshall of the Bears shows off his green shoes to teammate Jay Cutler before last week’s game against the Giants. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / October 10, 2013)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a guest post by Michael Corbin, hardcore Bears fan and mental health advocate. Corbin is the creator of everyminute.org, a grassroots campaign uniting advocates, mental health professionals and organizations into a single coalition creating a public forum advancing the need and benefit of increased mental health research.)

I grew up in a rural town south of Chicago, and I have been a Bears fan my entire life, and as we Bears fans know, there’s a certain dominant, smash-mouth style of play we expect on the field and in fashion.

This week wide receiver Brandon Marshall took a tough stance in a different fashion than most fans are used to:

He announced he would be wearing lime green cleats in his October 10th game against the New York Giants as a way to attract attention to Mental Health Awareness Week.


Time for Some Humor: Post-Concert Depression Symptoms!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Let’s start this week out with a little humor!

As most of you know, I like a good concert. I especially like Dave Matthews Band shows.

Truthfully, these are the only shows I travel a significant distance to see (I think the second farthest was Ryan Bingham), so what I’m about to share with you is especially significant to that area of my life!

Last month, Alternative Press posted The 9 Phases of Post-Concert Depression, and I think anyone who’s been super excited and spent weeks or even months preparing for a big show can tell you, they’re all spot on!

Euphoria, reflection, reality–this is good stuff :)

So take a few minutes this Monday morning (or, whenever you’re reading this) and enjoy a laugh or two!

Then, let us know which concert caused YOU the most post-concert depression?

(Big thanks to Michael Corbin of everyminute.org for the head’s up on this funny stuff!)


Wentworth Miller: “The First Time I Tried to Kill Myself I Was 15″

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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).


The Face of Mental Illness: Celebrity Edition

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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Ooooh, I woudn’t want to be in Brian Williams’s shoes right now.

Of course, there’d be a lot of room, given he seems to have shoved BOTH his feet in his mouth last Thursday.

During what’s probably been the most stigmatizing statement I’ve heard all year, Williams announced that Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who held three women captive for a decade, was “arguably the face of mental illness.”

Let’s paint that picture again, just for good measure:

Brian Williams told America that Ariel Castro, a man who kidnapped three women and held them captive, raped them, and beat them for 10 years, was “arguably the face of mental illness.”

Not just the fact, but arguably the face.

I mean, wow.


POLL: Religion, Spirituality, and Your Mental Health Care

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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Religion ranks about as high on the “Oh, You’re Looking for a Debate?” list as politics, abortion, gun control, racism, and gay marriage. Still, after running into a few articles over the past week dealing with celebrities and religion, spirituality, or lack thereof, I started thinking about the role religion plays in mental health.


Celebrate These Celebrity Mental Health Success Stories!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Happy 4th of July, sweet readers!

(Well, almost, or belated, depending on when you’re reading this.)

In honor of July 4th, I thought we’d take a look back at four of the most inspiring celebrity mental health stories of 2013 so far.

After (and sometimes before and during) battling addiction and mental illness, these famous folk have enjoyed successful careers and helped spread education, encouragement, and hope to others.

1. Friends Star Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry has been pretty vocal about his own prescription pain pill addiction and rehab. After a friend introduced him to the nation’s drug court system, he became pretty vocal about that, too, leading U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske to present him with the Champion of Recovery Award for “giving a voice to millions of Americans in recovery.” (Actor Matthew Perry Awarded for Drug Court Advocacy)


Weekend Reading: Filter Frontman Richard Patrick Talks Mental Health, Drugs, and Sobriety

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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I suppose this could be a Weekend Listening post, too, because guess who got back together and released a new album last week?

Filter!

Why, yes, I am excited about it!

Filter’s first album, Short Bus, was one of the first CDs I owned, and their 2000 hit “Take a Picture” off Title of Record was a pretty regular jam during my freshman year of college.

Just in time for the band’s sixth and latest studio release, The Sun Comes Out Tonight, Filter frontman Richard Patrick talked exclusively with The Fix about how both his past drug and alcohol abuse and his current sobriety have played a role in the band’s failures and successes.

Even though Filter had all this success, eventually I’m 33 and bent over a coffee table, addicted to cocaine as well. My dreams were being put on hold just to handle this addiction and minimize my insecurities.


 

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