Yesterday I had the pleasure of swapping stories, issues and tips with Susan Schofield, Host of Bipolar Nation on LA Talk Radio, and her husband Michael, author of January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness, and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her. (reviewed in my last post)
Sure,we were talking author-to-author, host-to-guest, but mostly we [...]
Quick Updates: (1,2,3…)
1. Ben Behind His Voices Comes to New York City!
Reserve and Come to Free Event!
Venture House, Inc. sponsoring this awareness raiser – hope to see you there!
On September 20th, 6 PM (reception) 6:30 PM (Book Reading and Discussion) -
Zucker Hillside Hospital – 266th St. and [...]
Bravo, Richard Dreyfuss. Not only one of the best actors of our time, but he is speaking openly about his experience with bipolar. As reported last week in the Herald Tribune in this article by Barbara Peters Smith, Richard recently appeared in Sarasota, FL to speak on “Living With Mental Illness” for the Mental Health [...]
I’ve just learned about a wonderful new documentary called A Moment of Clarity. I had a long conversation with its producer, Kevin Cullen, and the hope for this wonderful movie is the same as for Ben Behind His Voices: To reduce stigma, promote understanding, honor the talent and courage of those with mental health issues [...]
Another great resource, especially if you’re looking to contribute your experience professionally, and want to get your Masters’ Degree online : Masters in Health Care . This latest blog post also lists the 20 Greatest Memoirs in Mental Illness. Whether you have been diagnosed yourself, are providing services professionally, or as a family member (lots [...]
Well, Okay. So it’s actually a gorgeous picture of Catherine Zeta-Jones. Still, it brings one more mental illness into the light, with a matter-of-fact movie star who says it shouldn’t be a big deal. I wrote my first-ever letter to the editor after reading this week’s issue, which also contained a similar admission from [...]
According to CNN, “Catherine Zeta-Jones, has checked herself into a mental health facility. The actress, who has been by Douglas’ side since he was diagnosed with throat cancer last fall, is seeking treatment for bipolar II disorder, her rep confirms to CNN.”
There is an excellent link to an article on bipolar disorder here [...]
Four Rooms, Upstairs: A Psychotherapist’s Journey Into and Beyond Her Mother’s Mental Illness by Linda Appleman Shapiro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Linda Appleman Shapiro writes honestly and beautifully about her experience as the daughter of a mother with mental illness, coping with the confusion of the mood swings, her struggle to understand, and [...]
His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina by Danielle Steel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is my favorite Danielle Steel book. Yes, it is partly because I share her experience of parenting a child with mental illness (though Nick had childhood-onset bipolar disorder and my Ben has schizophrenia which began to appear [...]
This is a preview of a DVD associated with a research project. The full DVD is meant to be presented in its entirety along with a program, part of a NAMI-CT collaboration with NIMH, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Institute of Living. If anyone would like to see the video with [...]