Guess which blogger has two thumbs and went to see Kings of Leon this past weekend?
That’s right: this girl.
It’s World Mental Health Day 2013, and this year’s theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults.”
Because our celebrity quotes posts are always popular, I thought I’d give the readers what they want!
Only, this time focus specifically on older celebrities* who have a lot of wisdom to share when it comes to getting older, wiser–and better!
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!)
Sinead O’Connor has penned an open letter to Miley Cyrus, stating she’s “extremely concerned” for the “Wrecking Ball” singer and reminding her that the music industry doesn’t “doesn’t give a s–t” about her.
The entertainment industry exploded when the 20-year-old former Hannah Montana star sang and “danced” along side Robin Thicke during his summer hit, “Blurred Lines” at the 2013 MTV VMAs.
Though, it’s pretty safe to say there were no “blurred lines” where viewers’ opinions were concerned: you either loved it or haaaaaaaated it.
Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band and Grover of Sesame Street learn to express their feelings through song.
It’s been a busy couple of years for country music legend Glen Campbell.
Shortly after revealing his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, the 77-year-old “Rhinestone Cowboy” crooner announced his farewell tour and final album, Ghost On the Canvas.
One year later in July 2012, Campbell wrapped up the tour and released a farewell video for his song “A Better Place.”
Oh, but we haven’t heard the last of Glen Campbell.
As you read this, I am en route to Charlotte, NC for my second Dave Matthews Band show of 2013.
My sister Megan and I try to hit up two or three shows a year, and our first one was last Friday in Cincinnati.
We were on the road as early as possible and even though she’d worked all night (she’s a nurse), she didn’t pass out and get a few hours sleep like I’d hoped.
She said she was too anxious.
Later that evening, I found out why.
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.
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)
I suppose this could be a Weekend Listening post, too, because guess who got back together and released a new album last week?
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.