Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Silver Linings

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Since starring in the Oscar winning film Silver Linings Playbook (based on the Matthew Quick novel), actor Bradley Cooper has become an advocate for mental health awareness. “People would come up to me and share their struggles, telling me how they connected with this character that I played, and I think that’s what helped me to see that all of us are touched in a real, meaningful way with this illness.” Cooper was surprised to learn that his best friend had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. 

While some groups felt the movie’s portrayal of mental illness was too simplistic, Bradley hopes Silver Linings will help to reduce stigma and foster discussions about the challenges people living with mental health issues and families their  face.