Close Fronts Mental Illness Campaign

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Hollywood star Glenn Close is spearheading a new campaign to destigmatise mental illness in the U.S.
The Fatal Attraction star has thrown her support behind Bring Change to Mind, an initiative aimed at encouraging people to talk openly about the health problem.
The actress' sister Jessie suffers from bipolar disorder and Close admits it was her own personal experience with mental illness which sparked her interest in the campaign.
She says, "It started because we have mental illness in our family. I've seen the suffering and I've seen what stigma does and how costly it is.
"On BringChangeToMind.org, we've established a portal for any help you need and any information you need. We just want to talk about it."
Jessie Close was officially diagnosed with the disorder at the age of 47, and the actress reveals it was only after her sister's medical assessment that they discovered there was a history of mental illness in their family.
She adds, "We found out later there were other people in our family (who suffered from mental illness). My grandmother was seriously depressed."
The siblings have teamed up with The Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard to record a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness about mental illness.
Close hopes it will go some way to opening discussions among affected families: "I did it for the very simple reason that I have experienced what it means in my family. I really have this vision that someday we will talk as openly about fear of mental illness as we do about cancer, about diabetes, which we used to whisper about, because it's a common condition. Conservatively, one out of six people are affected by mental illness."
And she has some key advice for those who suspect they have a mental condition: "Get treated. The symptoms are treatable and you will have a fully functionable (sic) life. But you have to get the right meds (medication), the right diagnosis."


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MY FRIEND HAS BIPOLAR, AND SHE IS INCAPACITATED. SHE HAS TRAINED AS AN AGED CARE NURSE, AND THE GOT PTSDISORDER AT ONE OF HER JOBS. THIS STARTED HER DOWN HILL PATH. SHE WAS PENTIONED OFF AND JUST SITS AND WATCHES T.V. OR SLEEPS. SHE IS ALLERGIC TO LITHIUM, AND HAS TRIED VARIOUS OTHER MEDS. I MYSELF SUFFER FROM POST TRAUMATIC STRSS DISORDER AND DPRESSION. I AM ON A HAPPY HIGH FOR A WEEK, THEN I START CRYING AT ANYTHING. YES, I AM EMBARSSED. MY BROTHER USED TO CALL ME A RETARD WHEN I WAS YOUNG. NOW HE WONT TALK TALK TO ME AT ALL. HIS LOSS,
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I am so happy that your sister has come out, I am 45 and bi polar and have adhd, my whole life has been a train wreck, till about two years ago I started to get the right help and information on my chemcial inbalance and now my life is amazing. I have been on several types of meds but we think we have it right. I use to self medicate myself, but now I can say I have been off meth for 2 years and alchole for 1 year.I am a full time student and am on the board for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)They are non-profit and offer some much education for all tyes of Illness and classes. Now that I can understand my Illness I can work with it.. NAMI is having there annual NAMIWALK here in Hemet California on November 7,2009 at Diamond valley lake check in time 8:am and the walk at 9:30 am there will be over a 1.000 people attending our fundraiser and we have a wonderful guest preformating Darrel Manfields, he is one of us.. I will send over web-site for anyone intressed. thank-you for you honesty, the word NEEDS TO GET OUT!!
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