After dealing with mental illness in her family, actress Glen Close is working to reduce stigma and support other families fighting mental illness through her non-profit Bring Change 2 Mind.
“We thought the best thing to do was work against the stigma that surrounds mental illness,” Close said of the organization that she started in 2010. “It's a chronic illness like anything else.”
Ten years ago, Close’s sister confided that she was suicidal. Her sister was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and her sister’s son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.
Through Bring Change 2 Mind, Close and her sister have spoken about their experiences with mental illness, and have prompted other celebrities to do the same, through public service announcements.
“[Glen] was really one of the first public figures to speak out in mental health advocacy world. She's been a really great beacon of hope for so many people,” Pamela Harrington, the executive director of Bring Change 2 Mind, told the Boston Herald.
Find PSAs from Bring Change 2 Mind on social media under the hastag #strongerthanstigma.