I haven’t been writing here for a while. I switched to writing in my journal because things were too personal for me to feel comfortable sharing. But I’d like to write again. Especially about a few key moments that I’ve had lately.
The first was a stand out night for Bring Change 2 Mind, led by the glorious Glenn Close and supported by her amazing cast from Sunset Boulevard, on Broadway right now. Bring Change 2 Mind is a non profit that seeks to address the stigma of mental illness and the negative effects that has on people who need help but don’t feel like they can ask for it. They toured the great numbers of vintage Hollywood, including an amazing rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” accompanied by just a cello, and Glenn closed the night with a heartfelt speech about how mental health stigma has affected her personally. Her charity came about because her sister Jessie was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, but only came forward for help when she was seriously suicidal. Glenn’s nephew was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and spent a significant amount of time in a hospital receiving care. Now he is married and happily making furniture somewhere out West.