Hey, did you know Joe Pantoliano released a new book just a smidge over a month ago?
Well known for his roles in the HBO drama “The Sopranos” and movies like Memento and The Matrix, Pantoliano, a.k.a. Joey Pants, is rapidly becoming well known for his role as a mental health advocate, too.
Need a recap?
- He’s the founder of “No Kidding, Me Too!,” a 501(c)(3) public charity that aims to provide mental health awareness and education.
- He’s traveled to Iraq to show troops his documentary of the same name and provide them with talk with them about mental health issues.
- He boldly and frankly told Brian Williams, “You cannot be anonymous with mental illness.” (A statement I personally feel should become some sort of mantra.)
Now Pants has released Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother’s Son:
[…] the story of Joe’s quest for the Hollywood success he was sure would cure him, and the painful downhill spiral into depression and addiction that followed his success. Weaving deeply personal experience together with informative discourse, this memoir creates an unflinchingly honest portrayal of the true nature of the disease, as well as Joe’s own eventual diagnosis, recovery, and ongoing efforts to educate others and remove the stigma from mental illness. (Amazon)
Asylum has already gotten some great reviews, too. Andy Garcia calls it “A Must Read!” and Tommy Lee Jones says, “Joey has written a brave, fascinating book.”
It’s not all co-workers, though. Robert Irvin, M.D., Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School says, “[Asylum] provides a model of inspiration and courage for those who suffer from mental illness in silence to come forward and seek the life-changing help that is currently available,” and Jacqueline Lerner, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at Boston College says, “No one should miss this candid and richly told memoir.”