The actress, model, author, and mother Mariel Hemingway will be the
featured guest and speaker at the fifth annual "Conversations"
event hosted by the American Psychiatric Foundation on Tuesday, May 23, from
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in Hall A of the Toronto Convention Center at APA's
2006 annual meeting. Modeled after the "Inside the Actors Studio"
program on Bravo, the "Conversations" format creates the
opportunity for a relaxed and often intensely personal interview. Richard
Harding, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and
Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine,
will interview Hemingway. Dr. Harding is an APA past president and current
member of the American Psychiatric Foundation Board of Directors.
At age 13, Hemingway began her film career in "Lipstick"
followed by an award-winning turn in Woody Allen's film"
Manhattan." Featured in more than 30 films and television
projects, Hemingway is a yoga enthusiast who released a memoir of personal
growth called Finding My Balance in 2003. Her book details her quest
for life balance in a family well known for its legacy of mental illness.
Most recently, Hemingway has become a mental health spokesperson and
advocate. She is a frequent guest on "Larry King Live," discussing
depression and suicide. Her poignant personal story combined with her
commitment to her personal mental health, the mental health of her family, and
her belief in treatment and recovery promises a memorable interview.
The foundation launched its "Conversations" event four years
ago so that psychiatrists could hear from well-known people whose daily lives
have been affected by mental illness. The event is supported by an
unrestricted educational grant from AstraZeneca. ▪