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A cause near and dear to many people’s hearts, mental illness is something that seemingly effects each and every one of us in one way or another. In fact, one in four adults experience mental illness in a given year. Between anxiety, PTSD, OCD and depression, whether it’s a loved one or a personal battle, it’s not something to be taken lightly. Fortunately, Glenn Close is eager to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness and to make talking about it all a little bit easier for anyone that’s enduring a fight.
The Bring Change 2 Mind movement was co-founded by Close in 2010 after receiving news of her sister being diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and her nephew with schizoaffective disorder. The focus is to help people affected by these chronic illnesses to become more comfortable with the idea of reaching and speaking out about it as well as to initiate conversations within their communities in order to help build an understanding, empathy and awareness that can inspire action and a new thought process surrounding mental illnesses.
Their website is an endless array of helpful tools and stories to provide support and hope. Things like a “talking tool” to assist in beginning conversations, the ability to upload videos and stories to share within their community and teaching that by simply changing what you say can change how the movement is perceived. It also features their popular PSA’s (produced by the likes of Ron Howard), how they utilize various forums and media platforms to spread their message, and how they’ve even put forward an effort to develop a systematic program aimed at reducing the stigma across the country by empowering students to create fun, educational mental health awareness events and campaigns for entire high schools, colleges and universities.
And, even if you’re not personally looking for a way to handle these types of situations for yourself or a loved one, there are still many ways you can help be proactive in pushing the movement forward. One of them is their partnership with Wear Your Label, Hudson Bay Company. The company is launching an exclusive t-shirt with 100% of sales benefiting Bring Change to Mind in an effort to help end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness (our own OP is lending her voice to the cause as well)
Keep the conversation going by using the hashtag #TheFutureIsStigmaFreeon Twitter and Instagram, and the HBC Foundation in the US will donate $5 for every post to Bring Change to Mind. And remember, if you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741