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Prince Harry’s Mental & Physical Health Initiative For the Armed Forces

Prince Harry’s Mental & Physical Health Initiative For the Armed Force...

In late April of 2020 it was announced that Prince Harry, after recently abdicating his royal duties, has created a new fitness app aimed at the military community.  The central idea of the app is to provide military personnel with the tools to be more proactive about their physical and mental health. Called HeadFIT, the program has reportedly been in the making for nearly three years.  HeadFIT has been created with Britain’s Defence community in mind, offering round-the-clock access to self-help tools that are meant to help with managing mood, drive, and...
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Why It’s Important for Celebs to Talk About Mental Health Struggles

Why It’s Important for Celebs to Talk About Mental Health Struggles

For many people, the sense of isolation can be one of the most daunting things about dealing with a mental health condition.  That’s why it can be a relief to discover that other people – including those who are highly successful – have been through their own battles with mental health. Everyone’s individual journey is unique, but mental health issues are relatively common. Knowing that other people have faced similar obstacles can make your own task feel a little less intimidating. The challenge is to find a way to escape your own bubble and to connect with people...
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Ben Affleck & The Struggles Of Addiction

Ben Affleck & The Struggles Of Addiction

Ben Affleck has been in the news lately, and not just because of his latest film, The Way Back; he’s speaking publicly about his alcoholism and his family’s history with addiction. He sat down with Diane Sawyer, who’d interviewed him and Matt Damon on the release of Good Will Hunting nearly 22 years prior, to speak frankly about his addiction, his regrets, and what he’s doing to lead a healthier life.  He speaks frankly about his addiction, saying that he’d been to rehab nearly 20 years ago and, after two years sober, felt he was ready to reintroduce alcohol into his...
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When it Comes to COVID-19 Pop Culture Shapes the Conversation

When it Comes to COVID-19 Pop Culture Shapes the Conversation

When Tom Hanks first announced that he and wife Rita Wilson had been diagnosed with COVID-19, it fundamentally altered the shape of the coronavirus discussion in North America. Before that, the media had focused primarily on the other side of the world, where the virus had already had a devastating impact in China, Italy and elsewhere. As one of the most beloved (and recognizable) actors of his generation, Tom Hanks served as a reality check. He made the disease seem less anonymous and indicated that no one would be immune to the pandemic. Hanks and Wilson have since...
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Disabilities in the Media: The Road to Better Representation

Disabilities in the Media: The Road to Better Representation

Representation is far more than a Hollywood buzzword. A positive portrayal in the media can completely change the way the general public thinks about a marginalized group, and while the landscape is far from perfect, there are now a growing number of films and TV shows that feature characters (and actors) from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences. Unfortunately, most conversations about representation still tend to exclude people with disabilities. According to a recent white paper from the Ruderman Family Foundation, able-bodied actors were cast to play the...
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A Star is Reborn: How Lady Gaga Handles Chronic Pain & Mental Health

A Star is Reborn: How Lady Gaga Handles Chronic Pain & Mental Health

In many cases, pain is only half the battle. Dealing with a chronic condition will often take a severe toll on someone’s mental health, and that remains as true for Lady Gaga as it does for everyone else. The celebrated pop star elaborated on some of those mental health issues during a recent sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. While Lady Gaga has been quite candid about her struggles with fibromyalgia in the past, the interview provided more context and gave fans a better understanding of its mental impact. She was particularly forthcoming about a psychotic break that...