In my last post, I described a prominent social media-centered mental health destigmatization day that’s held annually in my home country, Canada. Organized by Bell, a Canadian Telecom company, the campaign is called #letstalk, and features prominent Canadian celebrities (they exist!) discussing their stuggles with, and stories about, mental health in their lives. Their shared stories can … More Bell’s #letstalk: where are the politicians?
In my last post, I described some of the issues associated with celebrities dealing with mental illness having control of their own social media accounts. Giving the public live, minute-by-minute updates as their mental health crisis progresses — as Amanda Bynes did, for example — can’t be the best way to deal with inner demons. … More Celebrities as destigmatizers
The fact that celebrities’ public images have long been heavily managed by agencies or PR specialists is not a novel observation. This is still the case, of course. Interviews and late night tv appearances are important tools for shaping public perception, which is vital currency for celebrities. Social media, however, has given celebrities a media … More Celebrities, twitter and “meltdowns”