The MSU Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery, the Montana Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the nonprofit Bring Change to Mind host a special event "The Experience and Science of Mental Illness". Internationally recognized speaker Jessie Close, author of "Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness" will share her struggles with bipolar disorder and her inspiring story of resilience that brought stability to her life. Dr. David Bond, MD, PhD, from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota shares his expertise in the pathophysiological mechanisms behind bipolar disorder.
Jessie is a passionate advocate for mental health. When she recognized that mental illness was so widespread and people were not talking about it, Jessie made the courageous decision to be publicly open about her illness. In 2007, she approached her sister, actress Glenn Close, and asked that she use her celebrity to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness on a global scale. In response, Glenn founded Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental illness. Jessie has told her story to numerous media outlets including CBS News, CNN, the Chicago Tribune, and Good Morning America.
Dr. Bond is a prominent researcher and clinician with expertise in bipolar disorder. His research interests related to bipolar disorder include genetics, diagnostics, cognitive function, and the connection between body health and brain health. Dr. Bond's clinical interests include the treatment of bipolar depression and the diagnosis and treatment of additional psychiatric conditions in people with bipolar disorder. He is a member of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force.
The event is free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are available.
Time: 18:00 to 19:30