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Emmy Nominee Glenn Close Still A Winner In Our Hearts

And speaking of celebrity mental health advocates, a big congratulations to Glenn Close for her 2010 Emmy nomination!

Close, who with the help of her sister, the CABF (Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization), launched Bring Change 2 Mind, a not-for-profit national anti-stigma campaign after volunteering at the Fountain House to learn more about mental illness.

Close was nominated...
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What Does It Take To Be A Celebrity Mental Health Advocate?

Last week, I brought up the idea of Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson becoming celebrity mental health advocates. Unsurprisingly, the ideas were met with some raised eyebrows. Not so much in the comments here, but around Facebook and Twitter.

I say “unsurprisingly” because given the two celebs’ behaviors – both ongoing and recent – the majority of the public isn’t feeling all warm and gooey toward Lohan and Gibson at the moment.

(One commenter suggested letting Lohan “have a ‘normal’...
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Here's An Idea: Mel Gibson As A Mental Health Advocate

Yeah, yeah, yeah - I know I already said that once this week about Lindsay Lohan, but I just read Dr. David Kipper's "Mel's Yells for Heath Care Reform" and, guess what?

He posed the same idea about Mel Gibson.

It's certainly not uncommon for celebrities to feel drawn toward a cause and use their fame to help bring attention to the situation. We've seen such celebrity advocacy like Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Halle Berry, and Tim McGraw and Faith...
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Fantasia On Suicide Attempt: "I Got Very, Very Tired"

During her Good Morning America appearance on Tuesday, Fantasia Barrino cleared the air about her recent suicide attempt:

Saying you're proud of someone you've never met is kind of weird, but I am definitely proud of Fantasia. It's only been two weeks since her suicide attempt, yet she's so honest and upfront about everything, you'd think she's had years of counseling to come to terms with it.
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Steven Tyler’s New Chapter In Life: American Idol Judge?

He battled an addiction to painkillers, completed rehab, survived some discord with his fellow band mates, and launched a summer tour that won't end until mid-September and now, the next chapter in the life of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler

...American Idol judge.

Well, maybe.

American Idol producers haven't officially announced the judges who'll warm the empty seats left by Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, and FOX hasn't confirmed anything, but according to Rolling Stone, Aerosmith's bassist Tom Hamilton says it's...
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Jennifer Aniston: The Real Damage Using "Retard" Can Cause

If Bill O'Reilly isn't busy calling her "destructive to our society," the woman's busy calling herself a "retard."

Jennifer Aniston just can't seem to catch a break lately.

Of course, for her own faux pas, I'm not so sure she should.

Ever since Aniston dropped the R-Bomb on Live with Regis and Kelly, everyone has come out of the woodwork to take a piece of Jen. Mental health advocates, families and loved ones of people with...
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Here's An Idea: Lindsay Lohan As A Mental Health Advocate

Last week, reported that doctors at the UCLA rehab facility where Lindsay Lohan is currently undergoing court-ordered treatment believe Lohan isn't suffering from any kind of mental illness, least of all the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for which the actress had been taking Adderall.

TMZ also spoke with a handful of doctors who've confirmed that taking Adderall when one doesn't actually need Adderall could lead to the kinds of behavior we've seen from Lohan in the past - specifically, "manic...
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Think Twice Before Becoming a Lady Gaga Facebook Fan

Back in July, when Lady Gaga had a mere 10 million Facebook fans (she now has more than 16 million - it's been barely more than a month!), Psychology Today's Robbie Woliver wrote an article, Lady Gaga and Her 10 Million Facebook Friends: Celebrity Warship Syndrome, which is mostly about Celebrity Worship Syndrome but also somewhat about how Gaga's millions of Facebook fans could , not exactly indicative of the syndrome, but perhaps something worth raising an eyebrow over in...
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Learning A Lesson From Fantasia's Suicide Attempt

When the news of Fantasia's drug overdose broke yesterday, my immediate reaction was, "What? No. Fantasia, you're stronger than that."

Not that I know the girl personally (I wasn't even watching American Idol during its third season, when she won), but I felt like I'd been exposed to enough of her story that I was justified in reacting with a shock-tinged "You're stronger than that."

In truth, I wasn't.

In truth, Fantasia is a classic example and reminder that you really never...
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