Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Omaha.com
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By Bob Glissmann / World-Herald staff writer
Actress Glenn Close and her sister, Jessie, a writer, spoke in Omaha on Thursday about Jessie’s struggle with mental illness and their efforts to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
The two came to Omaha for a fundraiser for Community Alliance, which provides social and medical services for adults living with mental illness. The agency’s offices are at 40th and Leavenworth Streets.
The sisters spoke Thursday afternoon to a crowd of about 250 people in the Community Alliance cafeteria. Later, they were scheduled to speak at the evening fundraiser at the Joslyn Art Museum.
Glenn Close founded the group Bring Change 2 Mind in 2009. Its website, bringchange2mind.org, provides information about several different conditions, testimonials from people dealing with the conditions, links to Jessie Close’s blog and videos of the sisters and others discussing the effects of mental illness on their families.