In June, 2013, President Obama held a White House summit meeting to encourage people to pay closer attention to mental health and mental illness. The goal was to end the stigma associated with mental illness and begin a national conversation on the subject, encouraging those afflicted with mental illness to seek help. Award-winning actress Glenn Close was present at that meeting. Close is co-founder of the non-profit awareness group Bring Change 2 Mind. Her sister Jessie grew up suffering from bouts of depression and Glenn Close’s nephew Calen was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.
A month before the White House meeting, Glenn Close was the narrator for a video titled ‘A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness’, an inspiring documentary which focuses on the difficulties faced by ordinary people, the challenges they face and their hopes for recovery. The idea for the video was influenced by a visit Close made to Fountain House in New York where she performed volunteer work.
‘A New State of Mind’ is one hour in length and can be viewed on YouTube. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Olympic diver Greg Louganis are featured in the video, both of whom have suffered from mental illness. People viewing the video will realize that mental illness is more common than people think and treatment for it is very effective. Glenn Close stated “The toxic stigma around mental illness can be as painful as the illness itself. It’s crucial that these diverse and powerful stories are told and shared so that everyone realizes that mental illness touches us all. No one need struggle in isolation, silence and shame. Listening, and having the courage to join the conversation will save lives”.
For more information on ‘A New State of Mind…” and to view the full length documentary, please visit: http://www.eachmindmatters.org/great-minds-gallery/view-the-film/
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