Canada’s ‘Globe and Mail‘ has over the past couple of days been running an article looking at how the actress Glenn Close is campaigning against the stigma attached to Mental Illness.
Due to the anonymity some of our members prefer, no doubt as a result of that self-same stigma, I am not sure how many of our members are based in Canada but I do know – by virtue of the nature of our little group – that many of us have very real connections with mental illness and indeed that stigma. So I thought this article might interest some of our members.
In the article Erin Anderssen state that…
This week, Ms. Close was in Ottawa, attending an international anti-stigma conference hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She started her own non-profit organization, BringChange2Mind, after her sister, Jessie Close, and nephew Calen Pick struggled with mental illness. Flanked by her family, she spoke to The Globe and Mail about the need for more public awareness of the issue, the portrayal of Alex Forrest (who in the original script was supposed to die at her own hand), and why she probably wouldn’t take the role today.1
You can read more of this article here and indeed anyone interested in learning more about the aforementioned non-profit organization which ‘Ms. Close started after her sister Jessie Close and here nephew Calen Pick struggled with mental illness’ can find more information about it here >BringChange2Mind.
Personally I have not yet ( having only just heard of this) had a chance to fully check out their site or find out a great deal about the work that they do. But I for one commend efforts to address this undeserved and unjust stigma that is out there concerning mental illness and poor mental health.