FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2012

Vinny Departs "Jersey Shore" House & Speaks Up About Anxiety In a New Video

Vinny Guadagnino hopes to help others dealing with anxiety and stress

New York, NY (Friday, January 13, 2012) – On last night’s episode of “Jersey Shore,” Vinny Guadagnino decided to leave the “Jersey Shore” house to take care of his emotional health and manage anxiety issues he’s dealt with since his teenage years. Vinny has partnered with The Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of teenagers and college students, and MTV to tell his story and help others through the Peabody Award-winning Half of Us campaign (http://vinny.halfofus.com).

Vinny has dealt with clinical anxiety since he was a child, and has worked to manage these issues. Leaving the house to bring down his anxiety is an example of the coping mechanisms that keep him well. “We all have hard times when we feel stressed or anxious, but if those feelings are interfering with your life – school, work, relationships – then you need to reach out for help,” he said. You can watch the embeddable video of his interview for the Half of Us campaign here: http://vinny.halfofus.com.

“We think it’s brave and important for someone in the public spotlight like Vinny to talk about a personal struggle that many people don’t understand,” says John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation. “The reality is that anxiety conditions are very common and can be effectively managed if people speak up and get help.”

For more information or to interview a spokesperson from the Half of Us campaign on ways to recognize and address anxiety issues, contact Shawn Purdy at shawn@slate-pr.com.

“Jersey Shore” airs Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

ABOUT HALF OF US
The Half of Us campaign was launched in 2006 by The Jed Foundation and mtvU, MTV’s college network, to raise awareness and reduce stigma around emotional health issues, and encourage help-seeking if needed. The campaign tells the stories of high-profile artists like Mary J. Blige, Pete Wentz and Billy Corgan, as well as college students across the country. The campaign has won a Peabody Award and a PRISM Award, and been nominated for three Emmys. Learn more at www.halfofus.com.

ABOUT THE JED FOUNDATION
The Jed Foundation is the nation's leading organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students. Guided by leading experts, The Jed Foundation is changing the way students and parents think about mental health, paving the way for more young people to get the treatment they need, and helping colleges build safer, healthier campus communities. Founded in 2000, the organization's key programs include: ULifeline, an online resource where students from nearly 1,500 colleges can get campus-specific resources and take an anonymous screening; the Peabody Award-winning Half of Us campaign with mtvU which uses online, on-air and on campus elements to decrease stigma around mental illness and encourage help-seeking; a portfolio of nationally recognized tools, resources and training programs that help campuses effectively promote mental health and protect at-risk students; and the Love is Louder movement that has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to join an effort to support themselves or others who are feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone.
 

About the JED foundation

About The Jed Foundation 
The Jed Foundation (www.jedfoundation.org) is a leading nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of teenagers and colleges students. Our programs are inspiring a new national dialogue on mental health, encouraging millions of young people to speak up and take action, and changing the way academic institutions create healthier campus communities and prevent substance abuse and self-harm.  These programs include:  The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, a groundbreaking self-assessment and feedback program that helps colleges create more comprehensive solutions to support their students; ULifeline, an online resource that helps students understand and address mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders; the Half of Uscampaign, with MTV, which uses online and on-air programming to share stories and encourage help-seeking; the Love is Loudermovement that helps individuals, communities and schools build resiliency, create connectedness and promote acceptance; Transition Year, an online resource for parents aimed at helping to ensure a smooth, healthy transition into college life; and a portfolio of resources that helps campuses promote emotional health and protect at-risk students. Learn more at www.jedfoundation.org.  

Learn more by visiting www.jedfoundation.org, www.jedcampus.org, www.halfofus.com, www.loveislouder.com, www.ulifeline.org, and www.transitionyear.org.

PRESS CONTACT: 

Elaine Andrecovich
Makovsky
for The Jed Foundation
Direct: (212) 508-9675
Email: eandrecovich@makovsky.com