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Charities & Organizations

Enter To Win The Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award

Want a chance to win some serious scholarship cash and maybe even appear on mtvU? If you're a college student who's kicking tail to bust stigma and educate your campus about mental health, you might just get it.

Michael Corbin (Executive Director at , amazing mental health advocate, and someone I'm proud to say I know) recently told me about the Jed Foundation's current Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award designed to honor one student who is working to make...
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Celebrities

Hey Billy Bob: You’re Not As Alone As You’d Like To Think

Last week, Billy Bob Thornton told MTV that he was "kind of an agoraphobic" and spent 56 seconds explaining how he copes with the press, promoting movies, and making sure the party comes to him so he doesn't have to go out.

Very simply put, agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that can bring on some pretty heavy symptoms when the afflicted person is presented with certain public situations in which he feels escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or he...
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Celebrities

Lily Allen Finds Help At The 'Nuthouse'

I don't share her cavalier attitude toward drug use and I definitely don't like the careless ways she shares that attitude, but it's kind of difficult to "dislike" Lily Allen for an significant amount of time.

I truly believe the girl just doesn't think before she speaks.

Case in point: In a recent People article, Allen reveals that she spent three weeks in a "nuthouse" after suffering a miscarriage last year that left her "really depressed."

Kudos to Allen for being open and honest about...
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Celebrities

Weekend Psychings: No Izzie, But Plenty Of Tara

The most popular post at Celebrity Psychings this week was Optimism And Reality: Lessons From Drew Barrymore, but when I logged in yesterday morning and saw that What’s Going On With Izzie Stevens’s Brain? - a much older post - was quickly on its way to taking the lead, I was not at all surprised.

I mean, did you see Grey's Anatomy Thursday night? Izzie finally realized she was sick, but she also managed to make dead ex-fiance Denny Duquette disappear, which I'm...
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Athletes

PETA Wants NFL To Turn Their Backs On The "Psychopath"

In addition to a petition the organization is urging us all to sign, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recently faxed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to require fallen NFL star Michael Vick to undergo psychiatric evaluations and brain scans to determine whether or not Vick has antisocial personality disorder and/or irregularly sized brain parts and, based on the results, for Goodell himself to determine whether or not Vick fits the role model persona NFL players...
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Celebrities

Joe Pantoliano: "You Cannot Be Anonymous With Mental Illness"


"You cannot be anonymous with mental illness. You really have to talk, loudly, and say 'Hey, I've got it, I'm functioning, my life is better for it.'" - Joe Pantoliano to Brian Williams.

Joe Pantoliano - or Pants - has a new documentary out with the same title as the nonprofit organization he runs with the help of Robert Downey, Jr., Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, fellow Soprano stars Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli, and a whole...
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Celebrities

Sounds From The Kitten Casino: Meet The Shrink Who's Rocking Out



The media shines a spotlight on the world of mental health pretty often; however, it's not every day that someone from the world of mental health steps onto the red carpet.

Not every day, but not never. (You like that double negative, don't you?)

Case in point: Dr. Sarah Kennedy - or Dr. Blonde, as the media is affectionately calling her - is a senior psychiatrist with the Borders Mental Health Service.

She's also the front woman for...
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Celebrities

Optimism And Reality: Lessons From Drew Barrymore

Whether they're trying to or not, celebrities are always teaching us something, aren't they? Not so much because they're celebrities, but because they're always in our faces so it's pretty easy to learn from their failures and successes.

A recent Mirror article about Drew Barrymore highlights such failures and successes, stacking up Barrymore's current career highs (how much she enjoyed doing Beverly Hills Chihuahua, how much she's rolling in with each film, etc.) against her extensive resume of personal life lows (her troubled childhood...
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