In my last few posts, you got to see My #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge. Also, my research on American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the #doubtfireface challenge this led me to Michael Scotti, Jr. creator of the viral video: Say “Helloooo” to #suicideprevention!
I reached out to him via e-mail and he I asked if I could ask him a few questions for my Mental Health Humor blog.
Chato Stewart: I’m a blogger and mental health advocate that uses humor as a tool to teach, comfort and help heal my-self and my peers. The loss of Robin Williams…huge! Michael – great thinking with the say “Hello” To Suicide Prevention #doubtfireface challenge! I would love to ask You a few questions to be published on my Psych Central blog with my video. I was at a restaurant with my wife and 4 kids and grabbed one of my girl’s dessert and did a “Doubtfire.”
Michael Scotti Jr.: Thanks so much for reaching out and for your Doubtfireface support. I agree. The loss of Robin Williams is a tragedy. He was not only an icon of comedy, but also served as one my biggest inspirations to have a sense of humor always and to follow my dreams of becoming a filmmaker. I would be happy to answer your questions.
Chato Stewart: Where and when did the idea “Doubtfire face” first come to you?
Michael Scotti Jr.: The movement began on August 11th, the night of Robin’s passing, as a way to honor him and pay tribute to his work in my home in Matawan, New Jersey. I was writing a Facebook post honoring him, and scrolled by a photo of him with his face in cream from Mrs. Doubtfire and it made me smile. Moments later, my sister walked in the door and I asked her to film me, for fun, recreating the short scene. I did it because that was my grieving process. I wanted a …
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Here is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline PSA, I recorded back on November 17, 2010. I call it “Are You In Crisis.”
I was living in Punta Gorda, Florida at the time…it seems a good time to post now. I just found it on a 2 gig flash stick (jump drive).
Yes, I thought it was appropriate and then I watched the whole video..OMG! I cried laughing so hard. I caught myself off guard and I hope you find the funny at my expense.
Here is a video from a program I ran a while back. I called it “Finding The Funny Bone.” We did some laugh Therapy – it’s funny and it always puts a smile on my face when I’m down or bummed.
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Comments Can Defend Your Point of View or Get You in HOT WATER
This is my personal tribute to Robin Williams my above Mental Health Humor cartoon. I recently had to defend my point of view in a comment about this cartoon. Here is what I said:
“The cartoon is homage to the man’s work – a man that could make me laugh when I was clinically depressed. I can say I felt his loss so deeply, I was moved to cry over his loss and how he was lost. I was due to draw a cartoon, but could not… I was losing my center…so, instead of letting his death be a TRIGGER – I turned it into acknowledgment of his work and he made me feel…I remember when I was a boy watching him as “Mork” on “Happy” Days and then on Mork and Mindy with my family and how good that felt! My unique family bond with that Tv show and nostalgia, gave me the courage and strength to pick up my pen and draw (I use drawing the cartoons as a form of “positive” Art Therapy).”
Yet, most public figures know that their comments can get them in hot water, if taken out of context. Or if they come right out and say something insensitive and get caught in our digital age with smartphones every where… If you are a