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Minka Kelly: Is Mental Health Completely Ignored?

Minka Kelly: Is Mental Health Completely Ignored?

Minka Kelly shows off her physique after breaking a sweat at a gym on Friday (December 14) in West Hollywood, Calif.

On the same day, the 32-year-old actress tweeted about the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, “Is mental health completely ignored? Are we are in such denial that it has to come to this before we realize someone is in pain/needs help?”

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Minka added, “In no way does my wishing to get to the root of the problem mean that all my love prayers & deepest condolences are not with those families.”

In case you missed it, have a look at what other celebrities have to say about the tragedy.

Earlier in the week, Minka was spotted picking up a birthday cake in Beverly Hills.

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  • Ouch

    Comments like Minka’s are part of the problem. Justifying the evil actions of a murderer. Her skull must be as think as her thighs. Those workouts aren’t working honey.

  • Ouch

    Typo: thick as her thighs

  • Alaia

    @Ouch: Seems like you don’t like her rather than her comments. She made some valid points.

  • laura

    You’re such an ignorant buffoon..
    It’s clear to everybody that nor she nor anybody else could ever justify what happened.
    But she’s right: one side of the problem is the guns market, the other is how this society takes care of mental health.
    It appears (though I don’t know if it’s confirmed) that the murderer suffered from Asperger syndrome and throughout his life he has always been made fun of and marginalized, and never helped.
    This has an impact. This one too is a fault of society. Well said, Minka.

  • sillyme

    She’s absolutely right. And, exactly how is she justifying it to say that the problem is sick/insane individuals?

    All these mass shootings were committed by young men who were sick. THAT is the problem. That dude in Colorado had rigged his apartment building with bombs, and it would have killed more than killed in that theater. Sick people who want to kill a bunch of people are going to find a way to do it.

    So, yeah, let’s also talk about how to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people, but also let’s talk about mental illness, and violent video games where young men are taught how to kill (the guy who shot up the elementary school was a gamer).

  • siggi

    Minka, talking with baby voice and open your leg for D list stardom is also a sign off illness

  • Juju

    Oh, Minka, look at you being deep. (And by no means, I’m referring to your throat, which must be the way you got to become an actress in the first place.)

    Minka-hate aside… she has a point, sure. It doesn’t solve the situation, but it’s a valid point. The thing is that… the only reason why she’s making these remarks is because of her part in Parenthood as a therapist and given that we all know how “serious” she is as an actress, her observations just fall flat to me. It’s just another Hollywood wannabe trying to sound profound and lacking on the knowledge department. I wonder if she has any idea how the education system works and even medical care for mental health, as she puts it. The kind of family – and family support – presented in Parenthood is far from reality, in most cases.

  • Dave Franco

    You can make the case that the sickness is also BULLYING related. If you look at the trend, all these killers are smart individuals but anti-social.

    Still, gun control is an issue. If the mother didn’t have those guns in the house… this wouldn’t have happened. The whole point is to try to make it hard for anyone of these sickos to obtain a gun.

  • BEAN

    I don’t think anyone can make any statement really considering we still have no idea what the hell really happened. The media reported his brother as the killer for crying out loud. Until the police clarify everything that is being said, I aint believing shiiii.

  • Gina

    She is right. There are two issues that need to be addressed. Mental Health and Gun Control. We’ve seen to many times what happens when unstable people (not on the proper meds and receiving correct therapy) have access or are able to buy weapons.

  • Sal

    @Gina I agree, both issues need to be addressed.

  • laura

    I agree, that’s exactly what I said, and I want to repeat it: it’s not enough even to say that that person was insane.
    They say he had Asperger. Watch the tv series “Parenthood”, one of the main characters is a young boy with Asperger syndrome. He has a lot of problems socializing, but he gets better because he’s properly helped. Now I don’t think that a tv series perfectly describes every aspect of this reality, but it’s very well done.
    People with any kind of special need have to be helped deal with it.
    Unfortunately people are mean, and make fun of the “strange” ones, and they isolate them, and they hate them. Bullism just creates violence.

  • living in the box

    buying a guns is more easier than getting a health care…’Merica…

  • The Reality Of War

    The illegally unelected Obama chose a strategic target with Newtown Elementary students to push a gun removal from America, Jared, when it sent their chosen pliable child soldier Lanza in to do the dirty work. Obama and his new KGB have been planning these such strategic hits long before they were enacted and realized. Brainwashing and influence peddling are as old as warfare, Jared, and Obamas job in America is to weaken America into dissolution and forgotten history. Obamas military masters in China know when a minor victory within America is made.

  • AngelinaVanessa

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)

  • emmy jay

    Get familiar with Obama’s program “Fast and Furious” before thinking that The Reality of War is too far off….

  • Misinformed

    The media made many mistakes reporting this tragic event; the suspect’s name, mother’s relationship to the school, the victims ages, etc. Aspergers is not a mental illness. It is a learning disability. People who suffer from Aspergers are high functioning, very intelligent, and can be successful members of society. They do in fact have socialization issues. That does not make it a mental illness. Those who are taught to cope with those social difficulties can overcome them. It is a learning disability. Another misinformed piece of information from the press.

    The problem is the family’s denial. Denial that their child has a learning disability or mental illness. Early detection can lead to supports that lead to a successful life.

  • christine

    You can’t try to rationalize this by falling back on a whole mental illesss excuse. The world is full of violent hateful people who are not mentally ill who commit murders every day. We are a society of little to no conseqences–that is why it is so violent here. And I’m not a Minka fan or hater but she actually called the shooter a victim wiithin hours of the shooting. And altho she’scertainly entitled to her opinion I have to consider that comment in incredibly poor taste. check her responses to CVPOOL1 on twitter

  • TSquared

    @The Reality Of War:

    This is why we need mental health monies for people like you. Do you honestly think the president of the United States ordered and orchestrated the shootintgs of 20 – 6 year olds and a half dozen adults? Don’t be so silly and naive. This was done by an individual mentally ill or not. I’m sure out of the 312 million or so people in the US that Obama hardly targeted this individual to be “his” shooter for gun legislation. To ban or not ban guns has been an issue for over 40 years. Get with the program and brush up on your history. Both Republican and Democratic presidents have been dealing with this issues as well as Congress and the various states and cities of the United States. If you think banning assault rifles is going to bring the US crashing to its knees then I’d say as a country the US has far greater problems than guns–people like you for instance.

  • Marie

    Finally a celebrity not screaming only about gun control. There needs to be tougher laws, and I am sure the ban on assault weapons (Brady Bill) will be reinstalled which I am fine with. Why this mother would teach her son who had any sort of personality disorder how to shoot and did not keep her weapons locked in a safe is beyond me. But banning guns would not have stopped this monster from killing. I guess if Susan Smith didnt have access to a car and a lake, her two little boys would be still alive, if the NY nanny didn’t have access to kitchen knives, those two little babies would be still alive and if Andrea Yates didnt have access to a bathtub and water her children would still be alive. We have to get to the root cause of these monsters along with tougher gun laws (not a full out ban) to help stop this. Getting a gun should be hard and the background checks should be as difficult and long of a wait as getting a concealed permit.

  • Truth Serum

    @TSquared: No, bobo. What TROW means is that the machine that operates Obama and the Dems of at least the last few decades is a politik that is operated out of the major aggressor to world freedom, life and rights, simply put… the owners of China. The way that you’re blurting against this posters single straightforward post signifies that you are probably originating from one of those communist China-connected Internet sources that troll the media blogs, and you view the contents of TROWs post as a threat to your reason for trolling these blogs. This echoes other China-based troll campaigns from Obama-trolls to Nigerian email scams to Denial-Of-Service attack campaigns. All notoriously masterminded out of China. Your overly-pompous outrage at a single post that hit so soundly squarely home with you and your reason for posting on a media blog like JJ is the most truthful aspect of your entire post.

    And your answer is NO, America WON’T disarm. But you already knew the answer before I reitterated it here for you.

  • Yup

    Guns don’t kill people. Gun laws and people kill people. They used to be stricter. A physical/mental health screening should be part of the registration process.

  • Gretchen

    @christine: She wasn’t trying to rationalize or victimize him, she specifically said that in her response to CVPOOL (and CVPOOL later apologized to her and admitted he/she had misunderstood her). Though I agree w/ you about people falling back on the mental illness excuse, it’s an insult to most otherwise healthy mentally ill individuals. From what we’ve heard on the news (a lot of which has been completely wrong) this man was mentally disturbed and had a severe personality disorder. While I don’t think normal mental healthcare would have fixed this guy, she is correct that receiving it should be easier for those who need it, but in no way did she ever try to feel bad for the guy or victimize him.

  • Jokergurl

    Mental health aside, there is no excuse for this. Yes, this mother should have gotten her son help but she didn’t. He was 20 years old, not a teen certainly not a child. The KEY is PREVENTION, knowing the SIGNS that someone needs treatment. IT really has nothing to do with guns, if he didn’t have a gun he would have found access to one some other way.
    There is a STIGMA that goes with the mental health field in the US. You can see a shrink and not be crazy, in fact this is why people see shrinks and get help to prevent things like this. GUN BANS DON’T WORK either, because CRIMINALS will always get the guns. Someone like this shooter will get a weapon whether it’s legal or not. It’s a catch 22. You can blame the shooter’s mother for not getting her son help and having GUNS in the first place but that’s just a cop out.
    After the fact the reason why someone would do this atrocity is IRRELEVANT because it doesn’t bring back those VICTIMS, who were LITTLE CHILDREN!!!!! I feel for someone who does this, no matter what their state of mind is.
    You make choices and he made the choice after killing his mother to go 45 minutes to an elementary school and MASSACRE INNOCENT CHILDREN. If that’s not PREMEDITATED, then I don’t know what is.
    My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families and this community.

  • Jokergurl

    @sillyme: Holmes is not crazy, he’s a SOCIOPATH, he PLANNED the ENTIRE theater shooting out MONTHS ahead of time, that’s not the actions of someone who’s insane, he’s just ACTING CRAZY. Think about it, he had body armor, he bragged about it afterwards. An insane person has NO RECOLLECTION of an event and NO DISTINGUISHING between right and wrong at the time of the event. Holmes knew what he was doing and I hope they EXECUTE him.

  • Jokergurl

    @sillyme: Holmes is not crazy, he’s a SOCIOPATH, he PLANNED the ENTIRE theater shooting out MONTHS ahead of time, that’s not the actions of someone who’s insane, he’s just ACTING CRAZY. Think about it, he had body armor, he bragged about it afterwards. An insane person has NO RECOLLECTION of an event and NO DISTINGUISHING between right and wrong at the time of the event.

  • soll

    new thread please.. i think a gossip site isnt a place for such a sensitive matter.. I’m not trying mean but i think this thread is getting out of hand

  • soll

    @soll: * to be

  • Dan W

    @TSquared: Tsquared, whoever or whatever you are aside, The Reality Of War is saying precisely what it reads. This attack, as were the others of that day and the many such similar attacks of the past year in the least, are orchestrated assaults, and such assaults are a common practice of the totalitarian regimes of communist countries of the planet. The Obama administration took the last federal election amidst historically insurmountable accounts of election fraud and voter malpractice that remain uninvestigated and unquestioned and unchallenged to this day. The kind of tactic as heinous as having a kid shoot up a school as an excuse to disarm a countries population is as old as totalitarianist warfare itself. Your jumping on The Reality Of Wars post so vigorously only addresses that you are likely another online troll lurking on JJs site. Just stating the obvious. When you quack like a quack, there’s more to you that fowl play.

  • coco

    Guys, it’s not Buffalo Bill’s time any more. I don’t want to insult you Americans in general and I know you consider guns restrictions a violation of your freedom, but this should change. Guns are dangerous, they should be owned just by people who uses them for work.
    Again, we are not anymore in Buffalo Bill’s era, guns are not a good thing, by any means.

  • coco

    Some says that in a criminal’s mind everything is a weapon, but just with guns they can make such massacre. With a home made “bomb” he would have killed 2-3 people, with guns he killed 20.30.. These are the proportions.
    Even just one human life that’s taken with violence is a tragedy, but you can’t deny that 20-30 persons is a worse tragedy than 2-3.
    So let’s prevent at least the biggest tragedies, let’s change guns freedom!

  • coco

    And what matters is not just the person who buys the gun, cause it can always fall into the wrong hands. It’s too big as a danger to take the risk.

  • Debbie Z.

    @coco: “coco” is a troll, obviously. I prefer my coco real. Accept no unhealthy and brainlessly primitive ape substitutes. This fake “coco” sure knows about bombs, or at least pretends to. Why do you know so much about bombs, fake “coco”? You also know nothing about Buffalo Bill. Fake “coco” loses again. Surely not the first time, fake “coco”. Time for fake “coco” to go home and to stop trolling American websites. Right, fake “coco? RIGHT!!

  • Jacques

    @coco: This “coco” or WTF fraud really needs to buy a clue. Very bad cocoa. Utterly brainless.

  • korea

    coco this kinda trolling goes on Gerald Butlers threads… are you “I am god to you “??

  • Dani

    Minka’s comment was pure stupidity. Typical celebrity who’s out of touch with the real world. People like her need to stop making excuses for killers who kill innocent children. It’s now become so easy to blame instead of take responsibility. Wake up!

  • Erin

    Minka stop sharing half-hearted words of wisdom for publicity. Celebutants are not real celebrities. Her voice has no weight neither does her false modesty.

  • coco

    @Debbie Z.:
    I’ve no idea what you’re talking about, I’m just saying: people, put down your guns, and a lot of massacres will be avoided.. In Europe it’s very unlikely that these things happen, because we have a lot more guns restrictions. “Crazy” people exist and some of them will find a way anyway, but you’ll have avoided 80% of what you now have.
    You keep guns, you keep innocent victims. Your choice.

  • coco

    I know this is probably not the best moment to say it, but let’s not be hypocrite and let’s call things with their own name.
    Don’t miss this occasion to make guns control far stronger. It’s for the best.

  • Kate

    I agree that more awareness and support is needed in terms of mental health. However, I find it unfortunate that Minka had to jump on the “he killed innocent children, he must have a mental illness” bandwagon, especially before knowing more details about the killer.

    Not everyone who suffers from a mental illness plans on mass murdering innocent people. Minka, like many others, are adding a stigma to those who truly are suffering and need or are trying to get help. By assuming the killer was mentally ill, we are forever branding everyone with a mental illness as dangerous or evil.

    There are plenty of mentally healthy people who murder or commit senseless acts everyday. I don’t think “we are all in denial” about those who may need help. The problem is, sometimes the signs are recognizable, sometimes they aren’t. People who seem happy or stable can snap in a day. People who are mentally ill and receiving proper care can snap in a day.

  • ..

    She does not know what was wrong with that man (the media couldn’t even get his name right) so she, like everyone else, need to stop presuming things. I think that’s such a dangerous road to go down. And to be honest, normal ‘healthy’ people commit disastrous crimes everyday, we just don’t hear about it because it’s not what the media finds ‘entertaining’. I mean, everyone is assuming that he was mentally unstable but unless the ‘media’ (who are reporting that) somehow studied mental health they are not qualified to say anything.

  • ..

    @Dani: Actually, saying they’re mindless is the biggest mistake — It’s been said by psychologist who interview mass-murders that their stories are all very ‘cooker-cutter’ — most come from abusive homes, or grew up in the system, ignored and assaulted throughout their childhood – it makes it easier to say they didn’t have anything going on in their brain but that’s a misconception.

  • wiphoenix

    Min a is right. That young man and all like him need to go back to living in institutions the way they used to. In 1982, the government cheaply shut down hundreds of mental hospitals to save money, as if they don’t take enough, with 1000′s of mentally I’ll ending up struggling in society. They do not belong with normal society. This guy’s mother should never have had any guns but he shouldn’t have been allowed his own devices. He was mentally defective. You can’t cure insanity with pills anymore than you can mental retardation. IQ has nothing to do with it. Insane people are dangerous.

  • wiphoenix

    BTW, my friend’s so has Asperger’s and I can’t leave alone for 5 minutes, he has no sense of right and wrong, rages, and is hyper active constantly and needs heavy sedation. His parents let him off drugs on the weekends because they say he’s ,like a zombie’ with Ritalin. He is completely abnormal. Parents are not the best assessors of their kids abilities, they are blinded by love and deep denial.

  • reason

    You’re right Minka. US has a horrible health care system and you don’t put money into prevention, assessment, and treatment of mental illness. You jail more people per capita than any country in the world by far, so the US solution to everything is put people in cages, damage them further, and then when they come out more disturbed and cause more mayhem, put them in jail again. It doesn’t work. You have a ridiculously high murder rate as well compared to other countries.

  • ..

    no one on here is a therapist so stop with the ‘mental issues’ business. There are people who suffer from depression/anxiety/OCD etc and all you’re doing is sending out a witch hunt for these people —
    @wiphoenix: “you can’t cure insanity with pills anymore” Oh god!! And BTW the smartest people are actually the most dangerous.


    my heart goes out and I am in no way justifying but sadly not surprised either. I mean just read the comments sections of celeb blogs (where young people are the majority I’m assuming) and you KNOW there are some sick ppl out there. It scares me to no end some of the things I randomly read everyday of my life, the hate,negativity and even threats etc. I pray for todays youth. I grew up in a time when you went to shcool,the movies,shopping malls as a place to learn,escape, not get murdered!! something has got to be done! the bullying has got to stop!!!

  • Collateral

    @coco: “coco”, you fake little chinky troll with the fake name, europe had oslo and hitler and Vlad Dracul and the middle east and sun-tzu and yakuza ninjas and everything all evil and lies and deciept that all comes from there as it does and as you do. When you troll America, you better bring more ammo than that.

  • anna

    @The Reality Of War: wtf, you’re kidding right?

  • anna

    @Jokergurl: isn’t being a sociopath a mental illness?? of course it is! I just watched that horrible movie, we need to talk about kevin, I mean, it’s good, but disturbing, and it made me feel that if people like him were treated and parents would acknowledge their issues instead of living in denial, situations like this could be avoided.