Oscar-Nominee Glenn Close: "Stigma is Toxic"

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In her Oscar-nominated role, Glenn Close portrays a 19th century Irish woman who disguises herself as a man, Albert Nobbs,  in order to find work and survive. Close has said about the film: "People think it's all about gender but I don't think it is; it's about how people survive and about how human beings need to feel safe." Close is no stranger to the complexities of the human psyche; her sister suffers from bipolar disorder, her nephew from schizophrenia, and during her career, she has portrayed characters with various psychological disorders.

She is aware of the history of depression and alcoholism in her family and has said, "The stigma is toxic. And, like millions of others who live with mental illness in their families, I've seen what they endure: the struggle of just getting through the day, and the hurt caused every time someone casually describes someone as 'crazy,' 'nuts' or 'psycho.'"

Close dedicates much of her spare time helping and advocating for people with mental illness. She is working tirelessly toward erasing the stigma of mental illness: "We haven't cracked it yet, because it's a very challenging thing to get people to talk about and I'm interested in including as many people as possible because mental illness is something that touches millions of people."

Join us in the fight to erase the stigma of mental illness by registering for our Strides Against Stigma event.  Register before March 15th and be entered to win a FitBit wireless tracker! Every stride counts toward helping to achieve this goal.

Read a 2009 article authored by Close entitled "Mental Illness: The Stigma of Silence"


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