2020 marked an important milestone for BC2M — the celebration of our tenth year eradicating stigma, normalizing mental health conversations, and empowering people to share their stories.
Thank you for joining us on this remarkable journey.
Grand Central Station was transformed into a set for the first BC2M PSA, which launched the organization. Directed by Ron Howard and complemented by John Mayer’s donated song Say , hundreds of individuals joined the Close Family proudly wearing BC2M t-shirts to spark a conversation about mental health.
The American Giving Awards honored Glenn, Jessie, and Calen for their efforts to establish BC2M. This nationally-televised event served as one of the first major acknowledgements of the organization and lifelong work of the Close family.
The second PSA was created in collaboration with Time to Change, England’s largest organization challenging mental health stigma, and features members of the Close family explaining Schizoaffective Disorder.
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Glenn joined President Obama and other leaders at the White House for the National Conference on Mental Health to discuss reducing stigma and providing help for those living with mental illness.
BC2M U launched a four-year invention and assessment research project at Indiana University to develop an anti-stigma program. The findings from this first of its kind were published in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) .
Created in partnership with Brandon Marshall’s Project 375, the third PSA raises awareness around the unique challenges that men face when discussing mental health through the voices of four inspirational male figures in professional sports, television, and music.
Glenn’s sister Jessie, the inspiration behind BC2M’s founding, presents Glenn with the People’s Choice Health Hero Award at the WebMD Gala in New York City.
BC2M’s fourth PSA delivers powerful stories about living with mental illness from real teens who submitted their personal experiences for inclusion.
This powerful episode of CNN’s Mostly Human with Laurie Segall series features BC2M Board Members Meredity Ackley and Nellie Draganic.
Using roleplay to navigate conversations, BC2M’s fifth PSA addresses the biggest challenge when discussing mental health, getting started. The series of “how to talk about” interactions provides language that applies to various disorders and relationships.
At the fifth annual Revels & Revelations Event, BC2M bestowed upon Billy Crystal the first-ever Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award.
This eye-catching PSA features a series of unusual visual metaphors in an attempt to remove the “weird” feeling we face when discussing mental health.
The HBC/Saks Fifth Avenue Foundation donated $500,000 to BC2M in support of mental health programs following their #1in5 fundraiser.
Glenn Close joins a panel to discuss hope on the CNN Special Report “Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis” hosted by Anderson Cooper, which aired following the loss of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
At the sixth annual Revels & Revelations event, BC2M honored Whoopi Goldberg with the second Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award.
This PSA addressed America’s shortage in mental health workers with a message meant to inspire career interest.
At the seventh annual Revels & Revelations event, BC2M honored Ben Stiller with the third Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award.
While most of us have been socialized from a young age to want to be “normal,” this PSA dismantles the very idea of normal by encouraging viewers to not filter themselves to fit unrealistic norms.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Glenn Close and Kevin Love hosted the first national BC2M high school club meeting virtually.