An actress decided to do something about the stigma of mental illness.
When Glenn Close's family members were diagnosed with mental illnesses, she wanted to change how the world treated them. So she started an organization called Bring Change 2 Mind to help people start talking about mental health.
The most important thing I want you to see here is this:
It's true. Since we're all in this together, who are we really hurting when we place a stigma on mental illness? Yeah. All of us.
Young people these days (I can't believe I just said that. Oof.) are excellent at getting the word out and creating social change. As the ladies say below, it's partly their responsibility to get the conversation going.
And the good news is:
We have to start really talking about mental health in order to literally save lives. When people are ashamed of their illnesses, they hide them. The quieter we stay, the less likely people are to seek help. And for some, that can mean greater chances of suicide and self-harm. I have lost four people to suicide in the past couple of years. That's four people too many.
If you share this, you may help someone feel less alone, more likely to speak up. It's worth a try, right?