‘Un-Gala’ for mental health to feature actor Sean Astin – News – telegram.com

WORCESTER – The affable sounding Sean Astin is known for his roles of resilience and everyday heroism, such as Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Mikey Walsh in “The Goonies,” the title character in “Rudy,” and Bob Newby in Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

He is also an active advocate for mental health education and for ending the stigma of mental illness. Asked why he became involved in the cause of increasing mental health awareness, Astin had a two-word response: “My mother.”

Patty Duke (1946-2016) was a beloved actress who won an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards. She was also “really one of the first celebrity types to talk about bipolar disorder, or manic depression as it was known at that time,” Astin said.

“We watched her devote the second part of her life to advocacy, doing shows, speaking to Congress,” he said.

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Feature: Community radios help educate Indonesian public about COVID-19

by Hayati

JAKARTA, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of community radios in Indonesia have used their channels to help educate the public about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among them is Rasi FM, which is based in the Cisewu sub district, Garut district, in the province of West Java.

Rasi FM founder Latief Rochyana said that in the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak, misinformation and hoaxes flooded the social media and the confused residents were worried about where to get the truth.

“There are massive amounts of COVID-19 information. Rasi FM has helped with sharing useful information and verify some unverified information,” Rochyana told Xinhua on Saturday.

Rasi FM has been creative in its approach. There was a moment when a Rasi FM presenter inserted COVID-19 facts between music intervals from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The presenter explained the basic things such as what COVID-19 is, how dangerous

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