October 21, 2010

A Message from Glenn Close: Happy Birthday BC2M!

Filed under: Event — Tags: , — BringChange2Mind @ 12:38 pm

HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY to the entire BringChange2Mind community! My heart is very full. When we launched BC2M on this day last year, we really had no idea what would happen. We just knew it was the right thing to do. What an adventure it’s been and will continue to be!

At the heart of our vision is the determination to be authentic. If you don’t know the answer to something find someone who can teach you. It’s okay to not know something as long as you can admit it! That’s how we will keep learning and growing. And we have learned how important it is to listen.  Everyone has a story. Everyone has something they are struggling with. We all are masters of disguise, masters at putting on faces that hide what’s really going on inside us. It can be thought of as a survival technique that gets us through the day, but hiding some things can actually threaten one’s survival. It is a courageous act to openly ask for help when, without it, a hidden need can lead to tragedy.

What I have learned this first year is that most people have huge wells of tolerance and compassion. We can see it in the every day exchanges on our BC2M website and on our Facebook page. We all have the potential for hatred and violence, but we are surviving because we have as great, if not greater, a potential for love and compassion. We have in our very genes the capacity to empathize with those around us, as well as with ourselves. Empathy can lead to action and action can lead to change.

I am honored to be part of the BringChange2Mind family. With help from all of you, our numbers will continue to grow and our united voice will keep getting stronger and stronger until stigma,of any kind, will not be tolerated and will become a thing of the past.

Bravo to all!

~ Glenn


1 Comment »

  1. I am so glad that this foundation BC2M was created as well as working to help stamp out the stigma attached to mental illness.On almost every police story on the tv the killer seems to be portrayed as schizophrenic, or parinoid schizophrenic. My brother is schizophrenic and is functioning well and compliant with meds and has never been violent or psychotic. His story can be read at under the Perry’s story link. I am trying to help to raise awareness and tell a story through art. I have recently applied for a foundation grant and await their decision. My goal is to launch an art exhibit “Connection and Healing through Art.” This exhibition is for the family members who are afflicted with schizophrenia and or depression who create art and their counterparts who are artists to juxtapose their works in an exhibition. I thought of the idea as I am a professional artist who graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and while attending many of my fellow artists where on meds for bipolar, schizophrenia, and depression. Many also came from a family of artists. For me the art has made a bridge to reaching my brother in an exciting new way. I just pray that we can educate people and make them aware that there is help and that people suffering with these afflictions can be a viable part of our society if they are understood and helped.

    Comment by Anthe — October 22, 2010 @ 11:32 am

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