Tag: Friends

Discussing Mental Illness with the Person You’re Dating | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Telling a new partner about your mental illness can be scary, but it is a necessary step to have a healthy relationship. If you’re unsure when and how to bring it up, here are a few tips. 
— Read on www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/February-2019/Discussing-Mental-Illness-with-the-Person-You-re-D

Hollywood and Inclusion


Today, November 1st the Ruderman Foundation is having a panel discussion on lack of diversity of actors with special needs not included in Hollywood. That’s true. I mean, many well bodied actors have mostly played people with special needs. And don’t get me wrong, some of them do a good job portraying the individuals who live special needs. Yet, wouldn’t it be better if people who actually lived with them play those roles? To me, I feel that Hollywood pretty much uses such lives to create more income in the box office or small screen. Besides, since people usually “learn everything about people” via movies and television, shouldn’t we just use real people, with real disabilities on small and silver screen? According to an article done by the Ruderman Family Foundation,  it was discovered 95% of characters with disabilities are placed by able-bodied actors. I mean… I never thought R.J. Mitte actually lived with cerebral palsy until I looked it up (while I was binge watching Breaking Bad this year). And in his own right he is great actor. I wish Hollywood would give more individuals with special needs more opportunities. By providing such opportunities, not only will viewers be able to see an actor with special needs act, but audiences will know more about the special need population and reduce the stigma who live special needs around the nation and the world. And in addition, it will help individuals with specials needs and or their family and loved ones recognize the amazing abilities that lie within them.

The time for the presentations will be from:

11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST: Inclusion In Front Of The Camera
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm PST: Inclusion Behind The Camera

Among the panelist attending will be:

R.J. Mitte (actor; Breaking Bad)


Orlando Jones (Actor, Writer, and Producer; Sleepy Hollow)
Marlee Matlin (actor, Oscar-winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role-Children of a Lesser God, Switched at Birth)
Scott Silveri (Producer, Writer-Friends, Speechless)

If you would like more information on Hollywood and Special Needs, click on the links below:

Rudderman Studio-Wide Roundtable on Disability Inclusion 

The Rudderman White Paper: Disability in Television

Supporting Your Loved One’s Mental Health

Whether or not you live with a mental illness, you need to know how to support a loved one’s mental health. Just like humanity itself, how we choose to accept and/or cope with mental health disorders. But as much as we want to help one another and/or loved ones, the question is how do we do it? How do we do it, especially when we have chosen to overcome our mental health disorders and perhaps conquered it and wonder why the other person has not done so?

With the collaboration of Health Central, NAMI has created an infographic that can guide you to help you support your loved one’s journey to mental health recovery. Although we may have good intentions to help them, we must possess the correct solace to assist them on their journey.

Resources on Helping Conquer Mental Illness With Your Loved One


When mental illness devastates loved ones you can’t help but to feel for the pain they are going through. However what can be just as devastating is how do help them and yourself cope with the parallels that the disorder(s) brings. Even though when I live with mental illness, I still find it hard to help those I love, because everyone handles their discovery of their mental health disorder(s) differently. And let’s face it there is very few information, seminars, or even brochures on how to cope with loved one’s mental health. I mean, heck, the topic of mental health is just barely getting accepted! Every hospital, clinic, educational institution has resources to help people and their families and friends to better understand health topics like diabetes, asthma, and heart related conditions. But what about information and resources to cope with mental illness?  Well if you look below, I have quite a few links I have recently come across and I found them quite informative:

  • Time To Change

10 Mental Health Tips for Parents

  • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

When Mental Illness Enters The Family

  • The Mighty

A Parent’s Guide To Mental Illness in the Family

  • Psychology Today

Families Falling Apart: When Adult Children With Mental Illness Don’t Want Help

How to Help a Loved One With a Mental Illness

  • Help Guide

Helping a Depressed Person

  • Active Minds

How To Help a Friend

Hopefully, these links/resources will be prove  to be a good source to you not only to help your friends, family, and/or loved begin the mental health journey, but help you go on it with them too.