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Mental Health Month: Lessons From Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher, the mastermind behind Wishful Drinking (the book) and "Wishful Drinking" (the production) and the newest celebrity spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight to talk about why she decided to lose weight with Jenny Craig, mental illness (and in particular, Bipolar Disorder), and her new book Shockaholic.

Shockaholic, due out November 2011, leads us to believe we'll learn a lot about the electroconvulsive therapy Fisher receives about every six...
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Weekend Reading: Courtney Love Talks Smack – No, Really

Today's "Weekend Reading" comes from The Fix, a new website dealing with addiction and recovery - "straight up."

During a two-part interview with Courtney Love, The Fix's Maer Roshan talks with the 46-year-old former frontwoman of Hole about:

When and how she started using drugs.
How her heroin addiction began at a party thrown by Charlie Sheen.
Which was harder for her to stop using (coke or heroin?).
When she realized she'd hit rock bottom (I'll give you a hint:...
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Who Lies About Having A Heroin Addiction? Maybe Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan (pictured right, with Joan Baez) celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday, but just before the singer-songwriter could get his party started (I'm speculating, of course) BBC released information about a previously unheard 1966 interview during which Dylan tells his friend Robert Shelton that not only has he contemplated suicide, be also he kicked a $25-a-day heroin addiction.
I kicked a heroin habit in New York City. I got very, very strung out for a...
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Mental Health Month: Lessons From Ozzy Osbourne

Yes, Ozzy Osbourne.

Here in the South, we have a disclaimer of sorts. It begins with "God " and follows up with someone's name or, more commonly, that person's heart or soul. It means well enough, but more often than not it's used as a preamble by a speaker who's getting ready to do some lightweight gossiping, complaining, insulting, or overall trash talking.

I imagine God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, the new Jack Osbourne-produced documentary about former...
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Paul Simon On Eminem: “He’ll Regret It.”

The ink's been long dried on this weekend's "Weekend Reading" (this particular Rolling Stone issue hit stands several weeks ago, though you can still access it online, via the mag's digital archives, or from that buddy who has a subscription) so I won't even call it that, but I didn't want to pass up one of the stories.

The April 29 issue of Rolling Stone includes a feature article about Paul Simon, during which the singer-songwriter...
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Mental Health Month: 7 Ways To Advocate Like A Celebrity!

Every May since 1949, people all across the United States band together to shine a spotlight on mental health. We call it Mental Health Month, and we aim to increase mental health awareness and provide information about resources, educational tools, and support.

Given that one in four Americans lives with a diagnosable - and treatable - mental health condition, it only makes sense.

Some of the folks best positioned for increasing mental health awareness and education...
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Mental Health Month: Lessons From Princess Beatrice

During her appearance on Oprah last Wednesday, Sarah Ferguson - the Duchess of York herself - announced (among other things) that Princess Beatrice, her daughter with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (obvs), is auctioning off the now infamous hat she wore to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.


Well, it's not because of all the negative hub-bub. (Come on. Like royalty wears the same hat twice anyway. Psht.)

it is, sort...
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Weekend Reading: Steven Tyler Puts A Mic To His Head

Speaking of American Idol judges with something to say...

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who's been to Hell and back over the last year or so (think serious band drama, addiction, rehab, and signing on to judge American Idol), released his autobiography earlier this month.

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? hit stands May 3, and according to Tyler himself, promises to be "all the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex &...
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Former NFL Players Sign On For MHA 2011 Annual Conference

Are you ready for some football?

I hope those of you who will be attending Mental Health America's 2011 Annual Conference are, as you're in for a special treat - of the NFL variety.

Mental Health America (MHA) has just added two new speakers who will present The Stigma of Mental Health in Professional Sports: Former NFL Quarterback Eric Hipple and former NFL All-Pro Punter Greg Montgomery.

According to MHA, attendees will get to:
Hear these two former...
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Mental Health Month: Lessons From Slash

Last week we looked at Catherine Zeta-Jones, and for this week's "Mental Health Month: Lessons " we're looking at legendary rock guitarist Slash.

On March 26, 2011, Slash auctioned off what's been described as an "extensive collection" of his personal belongings - everything from clothing and guitars to furniture and vehicles - and used the proceeds to help raise money for the Los Angeles Youth Network, an organization that takes in wayward youths.

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