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FearLess Webinar
The Intersection of Mental Health and Firearms

November 8, 2023 - 1-2pm EST

Join us for the third event in our webinar series

You’re invited to a much-needed conversation about firearms, mental health, and the entertainment industry and their collective impact on our culture.

FearLess Webinar: The Intersection of Mental Health and Firearms

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Join us for the third event in our webinar seriesYou’re invited to a much-needed conversation about firearms, mental health, and the entertainment industry a...


November 8th's webinar focuses on how we portray weapons and violence in entertainment and the news and its impact on the gun violence crisis. Journalists must walk the line between journalistic integrity and creating engaging news content. In the entertainment industry, writers have a choice in props that use rapid fire or not, and in telling stories where the hero should be the character, not a prop. News outlets also have a choice in how to tell violence-centric stories in real life. In addition, the victims of gun violence don't stop with those injured, killed, or survivor witnesses. The violence takes a toll on those reporting matter-of-fact and non-biased stories.

Learn more about the Fear-Less mission on our website .
These webinars are not focused on legislation or policy issues. The intent is to bring together a diverse group of leaders for a critical conversation as a starting point for developing creative approaches that potentially produce a “FEAR-LESS” society, where communities can fear less that they’ll become victims of someone else’s trauma.

During these engaging webinars, we aim to foster constructive dialogue and provide insights that can help shape a more informed and safe approach toward firearms.
  • Tony Montalto: Founder of Stand With Parkland, a national organization representing American families. Stand with Parkland is committed to advocating for practical public safety reforms focused on the safety of our children and staff at school, improved mental health support, and responsible firearms ownership. He is a captain with a major U.S. airline where he has flown for over 30 years. He has also held numerous committee positions in the Air Line Pilots Association helping other pilots.
  • Ben Kessling: Covers the Midwest in The Wall Street Journal's Chicago bureau, where he also writes about national security and veterans’ issues. A graduate of Wabash College, Ben also has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the Middlebury Language School for Arabic. He is also a two-day Jeopardy! champion. Ben has won journalism awards from the New York Press Club and the Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Trish Glowacki:  Executive Director and Founder of the Glowmedia Project, a non-profit organization based in Washington,  D.C. that produces unique, free of charge, educational films addressing mental wellness and behavioral health issues facing teens today.  The short films, and corresponding educational guides for Students, Parents/Guardians, and Educators provide a fresh approach to mental health education.

To learn more about the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., visit the EIC website.

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