Silver Linings Playbook Stars Confront Mental Health Stigma

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silver_linings_playbookRarely a week passes that we don’t hear about the consequences of stigmatizing depressive disorders.  We at FFDA are committed to bringing you stories of people standing against stigma. The recent attention paid to the film “Silver Linings Playbook” has proved to be a catalyst for further discussion about stigma.

The film is about a man with bipolar disorder who moves back in with his parents and later meets a young woman struggling with sex addiction.  After receiving the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the movie, Jennifer Lawrence commented in her backstage interview, “It’s just so bizarre that in this world if you have asthma you take asthma medicine, if you have diabetes, you take diabetes medicine but as soon as you have to take medication for your mind, there’s such a stigma behind it.”

Cooper, too, has sounded the call for eliminating the stigma of mental illness. Cooper has said that “Silver Linings Playbook” creates an opportunity to spread awareness not only about the stigma surrounding mental health disorders, but also how people can help someone struggling with mental illness. Cooper has appeared alongside former Congressional Representative Patrick Kennedy to highlight the need for better mental health care, and to urge people to bring their concerns to their elected representatives.

Families for Depression Awareness is committed to battling the stigma of depressive disorders and other mental health conditions. We believe one of the best ways to address stigma is to confront it with truths, and you’ll find truths and inspiration in our Family Stories. For a more active, engaged approach, you can join us at Strides Against Stigma on April 27 at Boston University’s Nickerson Field (learn more and register at No matter what your experience, you can lend your voice and help spread the word that people from all walks of life can suffer from depression and that depression is a treatable medical condition.

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