March 13, 2007
Welcome to "Whispers In Your
Ear", an exciting series where celebrities speak directly to teens about depression, recovery, and more. Get help and new strategies, and enjoy listening to these personal messages of care and hope.
If your friend is struggling...
A message on helping friends & fighting
stigma from David Schwimmer and Lookingglass Theater of Chicago
Sleep - rest for tired minds
Jack Wetherall (Uncle Vic in "Queer as Folk;" title role in "The Elephant Man" on Broadway)
Getting good sleep and exercising is important for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Accepting your disorder
Brian Kerwin ("One Life to Live;" co-starred with Robin Williams in "Jack", and more...) Have you been diagnosed with a mood disorder? Make the choice to take control of your wellness.
Feeling suicidal? Reach out.
Michael Cerveris (Film, Summer 2010: "Cirque du Freak;" Broadway: "Sweeney Todd," "Assassins," "Titanic," "The Who's Tommy;" TV: "Fringe" )
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S. We all need help sometimes; break the silence
Soothe Yourself - Meditate!
Roberta Maxwell ("Brokeback Mountain," "Dead Man Walking")
Meditation can help you feel better. Roberta tells you how.
Ally Sheedy ("The Breakfast Club," "Short Circuit")
Tell people what it's like to not be supported when you're down, and help friends get a clue about you. You can help defeat stigma!
When life seems dark and overwhelming....
Jim Piddock ("Best In Show," "Austin Powers", the Broadway smash hit "Noises Off")
Finding the comedy in bad situations can help lighten your mood.
For more tips on dealing with depression & bipolar disorder, check out Flipswitch, The Balanced Mind Foundation's weekly podcast for teens & young adults on living well with mood disorders.
Last updated: May 5, 2011