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 …
Mental Health Humor cartoon: Over-Medicated.com
Medication Bottle: Why? Why do I ignore the prescription drug warning labels?
Caption: Don’t drink, don’t drive, don’t go out at night next to a cliff…
A while back, well it’s been almost a year, I was at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 2013 Conference Miami. The theme was “Stronger Together”. As the Mental Health Humor cartoonist at the conference, I got to share many of my cartoons…AND take part in my third Stand-Up for Mental Health comedy show. The video of the the show was lost due to technical issues. The videographer audio was not working right. So all you have is a clean video with an annoying humming buzz sound, much like my voice.
Fortunately one of my fellow BP HOPE Bloggers Melody Moezzi was there:
Mental Health Humor:Lithium Bottle: Was I your first… Bipolar Medication?Caption: Sooner or later you’ll breakdown and try old faithful (lithium)Why is lithium (brand names Eskalith, Lithobid) not the go to drug for Bipolar Disorder anymore?