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Glenn Close: “Mental illness isn’t shameful”

The 67-year-old actress has spoken out in support of people with mental illness, saying that there needs to be more open discussions on the subject.
Glenn Close

The 67-year-old Fatal Attraction star, whose sister has bipolar disorder, told New York Daily News that the prevalence of mental illness makes it a “part of the human condition”.

“So many people are affected by it,” she said. “It is something that should be a uniting, hope-filled issue rather than something that people have always been loath to talk about and afraid and ashamed about.”

The actress is the co-founder of Bring Change 2 Mind – a non-profit organisation that is hoping to stop the stigma that is attached to mental illness.

“It’s really important to now be able to have open conversation about it,” Close said.

Currently, one in five Australians experience a mental illness each year.

If you, or someone you know, suffers from depression, contact Lifeline – 13 11 14 or visit the Black Dog Institute website for more information.

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