February 1, 2013, 9:30am ET - 10:15am ET
Bradley Cooper, star of “Silver Linings Playbook”, a movie about a man with bipolar disorder, will join Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Former Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy tomorrow for a press conference at the Center for American Progress to discuss how this recent film is making progress towards removing the stigma of mental illness. Cooper, Stabenow, and Kennedy will be joined by Barbara Van Dahlen, President and Founder of Give an Hour, a nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. military and their families affected by Iraq and Afghanistan, and Topher Spiro, Director of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress.
“Silver Linings Playbook” is a film that touches on the serious subject of mental illness in a very real-life, relatable way. At its core, it is an honest and loving portrayal of someone living with a mental illness and what life is like for them and their loved ones. The realness of this film is contributed to by many of the film’s creators – Matthew Quick, the author of Silver Linings Playbook, struggles with depression, and David O. Russell, the director, has raised a son living with mental illness. As David O. Russell has said, because of “Silver Linings Playbook,” his son now knows that “he is part of this world.”