Actress Glenn Close has produced a video that is part of her effort to reduce the social stigma surrounding mental illnesses in America – Close’s sister suffers from bipolar disorder. Stigma keeps those who suffer chronic psychiatric disorders from seeking and complying with treatment, and too often it consigns them to isolation on the outer circles of the human community. Watch “Change a Mind about Mental Illness” on Youtube.
Then consider choosing one person sharing our public spaces who is isolated by mental illness to sit down with at a cafe once a week for an hour of conversation. It’s easy, and adds a deep and different kind of pleasure to your week. Suggestions about ways to get started are tabbed above.