A ‘Close’ look at the stigma around Mental Illness

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.

5 comments on “A ‘Close’ look at the stigma around Mental Illness

  1. It’s a good site, though they appear to be just starting up and developing into something bigger and better. I’m excited to see how it progresses. Apparently the oganization is a co-sponsor for the NAMIWalks event in which I’ll be participating this fall, so I know they’ve got the right idea. Thanks for the share, Kevin! 🙂

  2. From what I’ve seen this looks like an excellent effort to reduce stigma. Thanks for the post.

    • Hi Cate,

      You are so very welcome and I am glad you like the post.

      Yes it does look like they are doing excellent work! Doesn’t it.

      Hope you are well
      Kind Regards

  3. I would like to get across my gratitude for your kindness supporting people who need guidance on that field. Your special dedication to passing the message all around had been unbelievably effective and have truly allowed those just like me to reach their aims. Your own warm and helpful guideline signifies a whole lot a person like me and further more to my colleagues. Best wishes; from everyone of us.

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