Arts and Humanities Speaker Series
Come share an evening with Jessie Close and her son, Calen Pick, as they bring their personal experiences into the conversation about mental illness and their efforts to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding it. Jessie’s sister, actress and activist Glenn Close, co-founded Bring Change to Mind, after Jessie’s bipolar disorder diagnosis.
Jessie Close’s own struggle with bipolar disorder provides the backbone to a courageous story and an enlightened perspective on the state of mental health in the United States. She is an internationally recognized author (Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness, published in 2016) and speaker who shares her own journey toward the larger goal of greater understanding of the complexities and challenges of living with a diagnosed mental illness.
Calen Pick, diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder as a young man, has been active in outreach programs for youth living with mental illness, resources that weren’t always available to him at a young age. A Montana based artist, Pick has been developing his craft for over 14 years. He views his artwork as an expression of the creative gifts commonly found among people living with mental illness and an important therapeutic tool for his own pursuit of a healthy and productive life.
Bring Change to Mind
Inspired by Jessie and Calen’s stories in 2010, Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
Springfield College Accommodations
If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact (413) 748-5287 to discuss your accessibility needs. Springfield College is a smoke-and-tobacco-free campus.