Virginia state Senator Creigh Deeds’ appearance on Sixty Minutes last Sunday seems to have sparked another wave of interest by the national media in our broken mental health care system. I am grateful to the senator for his willingness to speak out for reform.
My good friend, Jessie Close, appearred on CNN Thursday night, along with her sister, the famed actress Glenn Close. I’ve had the pleasure of helping Jessie write her memoir, RESILIENCE, this past year and she is a real jewel and delight as a writing partner. In the book, Jessie bravely describes her struggles with a serious mental illness and her ultimate recovery. It is an incredible human story!
Expect to see more interviews with Jessie and Glenn, who has penned the book’s epilogue, when RESILIENCE is released early next year! Glenn is one of the co-founders of BringChange2Mind which she helped launch after learning about the stigma that Jessie and her son, Calen, faced when their disorders were diagnosed. Glenn’s organization has distributed two well-received, anti-stigma Public Service Announcements that you can watch on its wedsite. Thanks Glenn and great job Jessie!
(Snitz, Jessie’s service dog, did great too!)