Actor Joe Pantoliano recently was featured on the NBC Nightly News speaking about mental illness and the movie CANVAS. The film will be released on DVD on January 29 and can be ordered directly from ScreenMedia or through Amazon.com and other outlets. Organizations interested in holding public screenings should contact Alison Howard at ScreenMedia: Alison@screenmedia.net. A public screening fee of $700 includes 100 copies of the DVD that can be donated to local libraries to help provide public education about mental illness or used for fundraising activities.
NAMI purposely has not spoken out about the Britney Spears ordeal in recent weeks, in part because we do not presume to diagnose anyone’s illness and try to respect a person’s pri
We also have not wanted to feed the media circus.
Even Dr. Phil, who tried to exploit the story, has expressed regret for saying that the 26-year old singer was "in dire need of both medical and psychological attention."
"If I had to do it over again," he said, "I probably wouldn’t make any statement at all. Period."
Many StigmaBusters have been appalled by sensationalized media coverage of the story, particularly supermarket tabloids like The Star, which ran the headline "Britney’s insane; her spiral into madness." However, a few persons have praised PEOPLE magazine, which ran a cover story on "Britney’s Mental Illness," while providing a relatively balanced discussion about "likely bipolar disorder," that focused on symptoms and the need for treatment.
Roy Peter Clark, vice-president of the Poynter Institute, a leading center of journalism training and ethics, wrote in an on-line column: "One of the terrible side effects of America's celebrity and media culture is a per
"Avoiding the daily soap opera does not require journalists to abstain from critical and analytical pieces on celebrity, addiction, gender and mental illness,"
"Perhaps the troubles of a particular celebrity might be an occasion to turn the camera away to the less intriguing but more important cases of mental illness in our own