Monday, February 24, 2014

Who Has or Had Mental Illness?


Famous jazz singer and musician Nina Simone had a reputation for volatility. In 1985, she fired a gun at a record company executive whom she accused of stealing royalties. Simone said she "tried to kill him" but "missed". In 1995, she shot and wounded her neighbor's son with a pneumatic pistol after the boy's laughter disturbed her concentration. According to a biographer, Simone took medication for a condition from the mid-1960s and onward. This was known only to a small group of intimates and kept out of public view for many years. Simone's bipolar disorder was revealed in the biography "Break Down and Let It All Out," written by Sylvia Hampton and David Nathan in 2004 after her death. (Wikipedia)

Bipolar Disorder? Schizophrenia? Manic Depression? Alzheimer's? Dementia? PTSD? Post Partum Depression? Autism? Drug/Alcohol dependencies? See who else has or had challenges:

Buzz Aldrin (astronaut) · Adam Ant (musician) · Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) · Napoleon Bonaparte (political leader) · Tim Burton (artist, director) · Lord Byron (poet) · Dick Cavett (television journalist) · Winston Churchill (politician) · Charles Dickens (author) · DMX, Dark Man X (Earl Simmons) (musician, actor) · Robert Downey Jr. (actor) · Richardy Dreyfuss (actor) · Patty Duke (actress) · Ralph Waldo Emerson (author) · Carrie Fisher (Actress, writer) · Larry Flynt (publisher, activist) · Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (Writer) · Connie Francis (singer) · Stephen Fry (actor, comedian, writer) · Peter Gabriel (musician) · Alan Garner (novelist) · Matthew Good (musician) · Philip Graham (publisher, businessman) · Macy Gray (musician, actor) · Graham Greene (English Novelist) · Ivor Gurney (English composer, poet)· Sean LeVert (singer) · Patrick Kennedy (Congressman) · Elvis Presley (singer, actor) · Britney Speers (singer) · Michael Jackson (singer, dancer, actor, humanitarian) · Somebody you love

People should be able to seek assistance for mental health issues and drug/alcohol dependencies without fear of reprisal, and we all should be free to advocate for people with these issues without censorship. Please sign my PETITION TO FREE MARY NEAL

With treatment, more acute mental patients would be able to live unrestrained by their illness or prison bars. Today, 1.25 million people with mental illness are incarcerated, and most nonviolent offenders have or had drug and alcohol dependencies. Nina Simone sings "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" at the embedded video below. We can help restore people to wholesome living by advocating to decriminalize mental illness and supporting better access to treatment for mental disorders and drug and alcohol dependencies. Learn more from articles in this "Dog Justice for Mentally Ill" blog and during our Blogtalkradio weekly episodes of "Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill."

Mary Neal, director
Website: Wrongful Death of Larry
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
Dog Justice for Mentally Ill

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