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Archives for November, 2011


James Durbin Debuts Album, ‘Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster’

For many, James Durbin was the contestant to beat during Season 10 of American Idol.

The native Californian, who has a penchant for pro-wrestling, pulled at our heartstrings more than once during Idol's tenth season; after all, his pure and intense desire to make it in the music industry despite the many obstacles and setbacks he'd encountered was something so many of us could identify with (of course, we can substitute "music industry" with...
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Charities & Organizations

Free DBSA Webinar: Enhance Wellbeing During Holidays

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is all about chatting it up, lately.

The same organization that brought you the free telechat with athlete-turned-advocate All-Pro NFL punter Greg Montgomery last week is bringing you a free webinar on beating holiday stress in a couple of weeks, on Monday, December 12, 2011.

I'm telling you about it now because the webinar is limited to 100 seats, so time is of the essence if you want...
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Weekend Reading: Mariel Hemingway On Her Teen Suicide Movie

Last week, USA WEEKEND posted an interview with actress Mariel Hemingway about her 2009 award-winning film, Archie's Final Project.

The film, which will be released to DVD next month (December 6, 2011), is about a topic that has seemingly surrounded Mariel all her life: Suicide.

Many of you probably know the 50-year-old actress is the granddaughter of American author, journalist, and Nobel Prize-winner Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises, For Whom The Bell Tolls, The...
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Holiday Stress: 7 Resources For Beating Stress This Thanksgiving

Here in America, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the holiday during which we - you guessed it - give thanks.

There's a whole bunch of other stuff mixed in there like safely landing in the New World and Pilgrims and Native Americans and harvests and Abraham Lincoln making it official in 1863, but this isn't a history blog, okay?

It's a mental health blog.

As such, I thought it'd be beneficial to post some information...
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DBSA Hosts Telechat With All-Pro NFL Punter Greg Montgomery

Have an hour to spare tomorrow?

If so, you might want to check out the live telechat with Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) President Allen Doederlein and athlete-turned-advocate All-Pro NFL punter Greg Montgomery (yep - we like Greg pretty well around these parts!).

During the chat, Allen and Greg will discuss Greg's own personal story of living with bipolar disorder as well as the work he's doing within the mental health community. A...
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Charities & Organizations

Weekend Reading: Male Librarian Pin-Up Calendar

Have you heard of the "Men of the Stacks" project yet?

Okay, okay, okay - so it's not actually reading. Still! It's a calendar of librarians! That totally fits the theme of "Weekend Reading," right?

The "Men of the Stacks" project - which, on the surface, is a pin-up calendar of male librarians - was conceived a few years ago after the release of a couple of other librarian-themed calendars.

"Where are all the men?" those...
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Near-Suicide Stories Can Help Others Reach Out

My good friend Michael Corbin recently shared this story of near suicide with me, and I'd like to share it with you.

(If Michael's name sounds familiar, it is; I've talked about him a lot here at Celebrity Psychings, as he's the mastermind behind the nonprofit organization and currently working with "Touchdown Tommy" Edwards and his The Heart of Virginia Foundation.)

The idea behind sharing such a story is that others who...
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3 Ways You Can Deal With Privacy Invasion

Earlier this month, Christopher Chaney pleaded "not guilty" to hacking into numerous e-mail accounts belonging to celebrities like Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Hudgens, and Scarlett Johansson (who’s nude picture eventually ended up on the Internet because of it).

The plea was, undoubtedly, strictly protocol.

After all, the 35-year-old Florida man, who has been indicted on 26 counts (including charges such as accessing protected computers and aggravated identity theft) and faces up to 121...
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Celebs Salute Veterans: Special ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

Last week Glenn Close helped ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build a new home for an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD, and tonight the award-winning show teams up with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to bring us an hour-long fundraising special, "Rise and Honor: A Veterans Day Special."

The special program will both announce the launch of the new Rise and Honor program and encourage viewers to make donations to charities...
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7 Ways Women Can Motivate And Empower One Another


Last September, when she was a guest on E!'s Fashion Police, Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) had some snarky things to say about Lea Michele (Glee) regarding her, er, "confident" red carpet style.

Hyland told host Joan Rivers that Michele "sticks out her collar bones to make her look skinnier" and then demonstrated her fellow actress's pouty lips and head turn, calling the whole thing "very strange" and "awkward."

(See the video clip, courtesy of E!...
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