In the video below, Bradley Cooper, star of Silver Linings Playbook, an Oscar-nominated film about a man living with bipolar disorder, joins former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy for a press conference at the Center for American Progress to discuss how this recent film is making progress toward removing the stigma of mental illness. Cooper and Kennedy are joined by Dr. 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 such a personal movie for David and when we all came together, it became a personal movie for all of us. Tiffany, she serves as a catalyst and she's the first person who actually sees who Pat is. That's the thing that this film has done, people around this country who have seen this film say ,"this film actually sees who I am" because it's heavily stigmatized, it's not a very treatable disease and it's a condition that is diagnosed way too late. So hopefully, a movie like this will help it become in the onset. That's the best thing about this movie, that it's able to reach out and make people feel included. ~ Bradley Cooper