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Glenn Close fighting stigma of mental illness

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Actress Glenn Close appeared on Good Day NY, May 20, 2014. Actress Glenn Close appeared on Good Day NY, May 20, 2014.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony award winner Glenn Close has taken on one of the most important roles of her life: advocate for mental health awareness.

“Like millions of other families we were not aware of what was going on. My sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 50; even after her son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. It was the beginning of a real journey of education. It was amazing how much she had fallen through the cracks,” said Close.

One in four people is touched in some way by mental illness yet their remains a stigma associated with the diseases that keeps people afflicted from seeking help. 

Close launched an organization to educate, share, help and most importantly, start a conversation about mental health illness.

"It’s personal stories that change people’s attitudes," said Close.

During Mental Health Awareness Month, Close is encouraging anyone wanting to learn more to visit the website BringChange2Mind.org.



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