Joe Pantoliano AKA Joey Pants talks about his new book, “Asylum”, and Bettie Reinhardt, Acting Exec. Director of NAMI California and Holly Davidson Director of Stigma Reduction join Jennifer Whitney in the Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment to talk about The National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Our FAVORITE returning guest from New Jersey, Joey Pants, you know him from “The Sopranos”, “The Matrix”, “The Fugitive” and if you haven’t seen him in the very personal “Canvas”, you must! Joey talks about his new book, “Asylum” in which he reveals what his “alphabet” of dis-eases are, how his mother passed along a “family heirloom”, and very real, very personal stories Joey’s life from which we ALL can learn! Very inspirational! We keep the inspiration going with Jennifer’s Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment with acting Exec. Director of NAMI Bettie Reinhardt who shares NAMI’S findings of more than 1600 programs in 58 counties making a difference because of Proposition 63. Holly Davidson shares a personal story of how she got to her position as Director of Stigma Reduction and Outreach at NAMI California. Our goal is to inspire and reduce stigma…each of our guests help to do exactly that! Listen, and find out!

Joey’s organization working on stomping out stigma: No Kidding Me Too

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Episode Recap:

  • Joey Pantiliano- The Fugitive, DareDevil, Risky Business.
  • Joey talks about his new book Asylum
  • BB Moore Campbell- National Minority Mental Health Month, started by NAMI
  • Betty Rynhart- acting executive director of NAMI CA
  • Holly Davidson- stigma and discrimination  reduction coordinator of NAMI CA­
  • Interview-
  • NO Kidding Me 2- Joey’s organization that was founded in 2007 when he discovered he had clinical depression. He didn’t know why he had it, but he was excited and defect to find out that it wasn’t a character defect. Wanted to show the world that you CAN get better. It is a daily process, but it is something you can control
  • Joey has ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, PTSD symptoms
  • In 12 step program, he enjoyed listening to stories. He enjoyed listening to stories that he could relate to.
  • Acting saved his life. What he discovered when he was on stage was that he never knew who he was. He only knew who he was when he was in character on set.
  • He came up with Asylum because “asylum” means a rest place, a place of serenity and comfort. That is what Hollywood is to him.

Prop 63 California Statewide Success Story

  • Mental illness affects 60 million americans nationwide
  • NAMI was built on cornerstones of education, advocacy and support services.
  • NAMI CA has over 70 affiliates and communities around the states.
  • It is spread out but they are really focusing on education on mental illness and mental health, and supporting people
  • One in four families has a mental health issue that they are dealing with.
  • NAMI’s target audience is everyone.
  • Holly Davidson talks about her struggle with bipolar disorder. She started to struggle with it through college.
  • She never saw symptoms before the mania kicked in. After getting a little cold and not sleeping for a couple days, she experienced a manic episode that landed her in a mental hospital. After treatment, she has been able to live a completely normal life.
  • “Our Stories, Things we know now, we wish we knew then”- a book that San Fernando Valley put out about members of NAMI San Fernando Valley

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  1. J. Jerome
    September 28, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    where is the first interview with Joey pants? Wanted to show a friend can’t find it?

    • wendy
      October 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Hi, you can search for it on our “search” bar in the upper right and it will bring up his original interview we did years ago.
      Thanks!

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