In 1987, when Glenn Close was cast as Alex Forrest -- the iconic lead character in Fatal Attraction -- Close met with several psychiatrists. She was hoping to learn more about the obviously troubled lead character. Little did she know, she was also about to learn something more troubling about the status of mentally ill people in our society.
Glenn says those visits provided insight towards the stigma around mental
illness: "Not only did I not have a vocabulary for it, I realized, startlingly,
that [the psychiatrists] didn't either." She realized that even mental health
professionals still struggled to speak openly about mental illness. That
experience, along with the experiences in her own family, is part of what made
her into the mental health advocate she is today.
I recently had the privilege of attending the annual meeting of One Mind for Research at UCLA. With the ambitious title
"Curing Brain Disease," the conference was filled to capacity with
neuroscientists and policymakers with a
powerful vision: that all mankind experiences a lifetime free of brain
A highlight of the conference was "The Science of Stigma," a panel led by
Glenn Close. I was fortunate enough to sit in, and to interview Glenn and the
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