Bipolar Disorder Gets Even More Popular Treatment

Between Empire and Infinitely Polar Bear, bipolar disorder seems to be having a moment in popular culture right now…which is awesome! As a graduate student in the early 1990s, I was taught about stigma associated with mental health issues. Hopefully, people with bipolar disorder and their family and friends will see themselves in these portrayals and… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder Gets Even More Popular Treatment

EIC’s Focus on Health and Wellness (and Care?)

The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) initiatives were Encore!s before Encore! were Encores! Founded in 1983, EIC’s mission is to: [Encourage] the entertainment industry to more effectively address and accurately depict major health and social issues. [Serve] as a bridge for information between the entertainment industry and public policy members. [Be] instrumental in affecting social change through providing educational materials,… Continue reading EIC’s Focus on Health and Wellness (and Care?)

Researchers Explore Impact of Music on Nursing Home Residents

Music is amazing! Whenever I hear a song, I remember how old I was when I first or most enjoyed it or where I was. Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album? MANY hours at home, dancing and singing at the top of my lungs with my sister while my parents were away. So, I totally understand… Continue reading Researchers Explore Impact of Music on Nursing Home Residents

‘THR’ on Show Inspired by a Family’s Mental Health Struggles

Copied from The Hollywood Reporter “Please Like Me Star on How Family Mental Health Struggles Inspired His Show” by Aaron Couch on September 22, 2914 Making an autobiographical TV show can be dangerous for your personal relationships — but Australian comedian Josh Thomas has managed to use everything from his parents’ divorce to his mother’s struggles with mental health… Continue reading ‘THR’ on Show Inspired by a Family’s Mental Health Struggles

In the Aftermath of Robin’s William’s Life and Death

I am old enough to remember Robin Williams’ signature roles and his signature comedic style.  I enjoyed Mork & Mindy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Aladdin, Good Will Hunting…and more of his work…contributions to our life and culture. It saddens me to think about him, and anyone, losing the battle against a mental illness, addiction… Continue reading In the Aftermath of Robin’s William’s Life and Death

Let’s Get Ready to Salsa!!

If you are looking for a way to burn some calories, have some fun and get close (literally) to a partner, try salsa dancing. Many communities offer opportunities for people of varying skills (from “I thought salsa was served with chips” to professional performers/competitors) and ages to learn and put their moves in to practice… Continue reading Let’s Get Ready to Salsa!!

Song Aims to Foster Fun AND Convos on Mental Illness and Violence

Yes, I admit it. Until American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. “called out” one of this season’s contestants for not mirroring the gravitas of a recent pop song, I didn’t catch it. I had heard Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” on the radio and in snippets online and on television. I could even sing the… Continue reading Song Aims to Foster Fun AND Convos on Mental Illness and Violence

Film Shines Light on Mental Health Stories Around the Globe

One aspect of my public health training that I value highly is an appreciation and respect for a global perspective. As different as we can be, we are also all the same. We laugh. We cry. We suffer. We help each other. Films like Hidden Pictures: a personal journey into global mental health by Delaney… Continue reading Film Shines Light on Mental Health Stories Around the Globe

Turning Tragedy into Inspiration, Josh Marks’ Mom Gears Up for Mental Health Advocacy (+ Value of Poetry)

Earlier this week I used Encore! social media to showcase mental illness by sharing a CNN Entertainment story about the tragic death of Joshua Marks: ‘MasterChef’ runner-up Josh Marks loses ‘battle of his life,’ commits suicide, by Alan Duke. Marks was probably best known for being a runner-up on the FOX reality television competition “MasterChef.”… Continue reading Turning Tragedy into Inspiration, Josh Marks’ Mom Gears Up for Mental Health Advocacy (+ Value of Poetry)