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Wil Wheaton is an actor, best known for his roles in Stand by Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation. His motto is: Don’t be a dick, and he tries to live his life with that philosophy at the forefront. It is a simple philosophy; one I equate to the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
He and his wife live in California with their two dogs, Marlowe and Seamus, and a cat, Watson. They are both (all) very committed to animals and their welfare, and lend a lot of support, both in time and financial charity to the Pasadena Humane Society and SCPA.
He homebrews and is a huge fan of the LA Kings, through good times and bad.
Wil Wheaton is a writer and has been influential to me in seeing alternative avenues of publishing, the importance of using social media to your advantage, and inspirational to keep going forward and to never stop writing.
He also has chronic depression and generalized anxiety, something that I can understand, having similar, if not the same diagnoses. I can only imagine how much harder it is when you’re a celebrity and all eyes are on you when you’re out in public. He is one of the voices speaking out against the stigma of mental illness and supports NAMI among other groups who help.
Visit his official website: Wil Wheaton
Chester Bennington was the lead singer for Linkin Park. After his suicide in 2018, his wife and sister made this video for Now This while at the same time coordinating an awareness campaign: 320 Changes in Direction. The video can be seen in full here.
5 Signa to Look For:
1. Change in personality
5. Decline in personal care
I AM THE CHANGE
We are all the change. Go to their page at 320 Changes in Direction and see what other resources are available for you or family/friends.
If you are feelling suicidal, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at
One Look at Understanding Mental Illness.
I think it’s important to hear from people we like and respect and hear their stories. David Harbour says a lot of things in this short interview that I’ve heard before and that I try to promote in my own life. He is known recently from his role in Netflix’s Stranger Things and is starring in the upcoming Hellboy 2.
A few takeaways:
1. Stop the stigma.
2. Mental illness is not the completely negative thing it implies to many people. We can live with various forms of mental illness, or rather we all have mental health issues that we contend with and need to adapt to, regardless of level.
3. Medication is not a bad word. It is also not an end-all solution. It is so very helpful when used in conjunction with other therapies.
4. You are not stronger if you avoid taking medication for your mental illness/continued mental health.
5. If you and I both have depression, we may understand and empathize, but no one’s situation is exactly alike. Despite that, we can help each other and share ideas that work for us.
Tomorrow begins a new, not so new series on mental health. It will include links, resources, my own reflections, and other relevant items. It won’t necessarily be every week, but I do have four in a row planned out for January.
I personally find January and February to be difficult for many people, what with the come down from the busyness of the holidays, the winter months that keep us more isolated, and the lack of holiday time or days off from work and school. Sometimes, it’s good just to sit back, take a look at what we did for those busy days, look at the photos, re-read the Christmas cards, and enjoy our new found time. That doesn’t work for everyone, but hopefully, everyone will find something for them on these Mondays.
I’ve posted about this subject before – twice that I could find links to, so in additon to those links below, I will also add a few things that popped into my mind (and my purse) as of this writing.
On Saturday, I reposted the making your own tool kit resource. Many of the suggestions are valid, but of course, one size does not fit all. That’s why I’ve written about and kept my own tool kits; to demonstrate what works for me in real time.
What works for you? Share it below. It might work for others. Working together and sharing resources and tools are what keeps us all moving forward.
What’s in My Personal Coping Tool Box (at the moment)?
Supernatural reruns on Netflix or TNT (the apps are on both my kndle and my smartphone.)
Small notebook for listmaking
A little bit of money – about $20 or a dedicated gift card
Granola bar for a burst of evergy. Avoid sugar, like candy bars or chocolate. If you avoid the sugar high, you’ll avoid the sugar crash.
Journal/Sketchbook with pen/pencil for scribbles and doodles.
Fold up soccer chair (in the car) so I always have a place to sit.