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Archives for October, 2011


The 5 Scariest Things About Mental Illness

From horror movies like Halloween to haunted houses roamed by stray mental health patients, when it comes to scare tactics, mental illness has long shared the spotlight with goblins, ghouls, and other Things That Go Bump In The Night - and not just during Halloween.

Some advocates turn the other cheek when it comes to using mental illness as a scare tactic; they've learned to pick their battles, if you will. Others actively
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Demi Lovato Finds Success With Accountability

Demi Lovato is on top of the world right now. Her third studio album, Unbroken, was released September 2011 and its first single, "Skyscraper," won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer: Song. She also racked up a couple of Do Something awards for her role in "Sonny With a Chance" and "Make a Wave," her duet with Joe Jonas.

Oh, and let's not forget she's waiting to find out whether her MTV O Music...
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Celebrities Team Up For New Anti-Gay Bullying Campaign

Whether you're into Dancing With the Stars, Jersey Shore, Glee, Modern Family, or Parks and Recreation, chances are one of your favorite celebrities is involved with the recently launched Amplify Your Voice campaign.

Working with the the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) launched Amplify Your Voice earlier this month to provide youth with tips on how to stand up against bullying, ways to stay safe...
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Weekend Reading: Kirsten Dunst On Depression And Stigma

During her feature interview for November's issue of Flare magazine, 29-year-old actress Kirsten Dunst (Marie Antoinette, Spiderman, Bring It On, and - oh yeah - Interview With The Vampire when she was just a wee lass) recently spoke out about depression, including her own treatment for depression and the stigma associated with the mood disorder.

Dunst, who checked into Cirque Lodge back in 2008 and later that year opened up about the experience...
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Jennifer Aniston Raises $450,000 For “Artists For Haiti”

Okay, okay, okay - she might not have gotten naked for his charity (or even lent her name to it), but Jennifer Aniston is helping Ben Stiller in another big way -

- and not just by partying with him after his recent Saturday Night Live hosting gig.

At a charity auction at New York City's Christie's auction house, the 42-year-old actress who's getting ready to show the world her directing skills with
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Weekend Reading: Antonio, Melanie On Marriage, Substance Abuse

The November 2011 issue of AARP features some interesting firsthand insight into the marriage of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, but you don't have to wait until next month to read The Animated Life of Antonio Banderas...

..or Melanie Griffith's Point of View.

Griffith's struggles with substance abuse problems - to the tune of alcohol, cocaine, and most recently prescription pain pills - have been no secret. Yet, Banderas has stuck by and supported...
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Mental Health Day: Top 5 Celebrity Organization Efforts

Back during Mental Health Month, we talked about how you can advocate like a celebrity,

...what about the charities and organizations through which the celebrities are advocating? What are they DOING with these organizations to really spread the word about mental health awareness?

From working with existing mental health organizations to launching their own mental health charities, these five celebrities (and their respective groups!) are working hard to raise mental health awareness, teach people...
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Weekend Reading: Elizabeth Berkley Writes Teen Self-Help Book

Berkley ( Jessie Spano to those of us who remember when Mario Lopez was Slater and not a serial TV host) has a new (to me) self-help book out.

Berkley, whose done her fair share of show-hopping (or, show-girling, heh, heh), penned the book for teen girls who need answers about everything from love and life to their bodies and friends.

According to the product description:
Ask Elizabeth is the complete guide to...
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National Depression Screening Day: Get A Free Screening

Today (Thursday, October 6, 2011) is National Depression Screening Day here in America, and one of our favorite athletes-turned-advocate, Gregory Montgomery is encouraging everyone to get checked.

Montgomery's work has spanned collaborating with mental health nonprofits like to filming documentaries with the NFL to speaking at various public venues about his own battles with mental illness.

Now, the former All-Pro NFL punter is working with Screening for Mental Health (SMH)...
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David Arquette And Courtney Cox Plan New Comedy Together

Glad David Arquette didn't get bumped off "Dancing With the Stars" last week?

Well, you might get to see even more of him.

According to 's Michael Ausiello, via their production company Coquette Productions, Arquette and his soon-to-be (I'm guessing; they seem to spend more time together than another estranged couple I know) ex-wife Courtney Cox are working on a new show together.

The tentatively titled "10 Years" will be a comedy that "explores the...
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