Silver from the CW's 90210 was recently diagnosed bipolar. A public service announcement aired, directing teens seeking help to visit thebalancedmind.org. This page was created for these visitors, and contains resources for teens and young adults who are bipolar, 'questioning', or just wanting to learn more.
Have you seen the campaign featuring actress Glenn Close and her sister which confronts, head-on, the stigma associated with mental illness?
The Balanced Mind Parent Network wishes to thank Ms. Close for leading this campaign as well as several key participants who donated their time, talent and resources on behalf of the cause. The public service announcement for the initiative was directed by nine-time nominated and two-time Oscar winning director, Ron Howard. Two-time Grammy winning composer and singer, John Mayer, donated his song, Say, for use in the PSA.
Ms. Close also led the team of leading mental health organizations, called BringChange2Mind.org, to combat the stigma related to mental illness
Early in 2009, The Norman Lear Center contacted The Balanced Mind Parent Network on behalf of the CW network. The teen hit, 90210 planned to weave bipolar disorder into several upcoming episodes. As Erin Silver headed into crisis, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the network knew that the confusion and helplessness of Erin, her parents, and peers would resonate with the teens at home. Many viewers would have questions and be in need of help. The Balanced Mind Parent Network’s teen site, www.depressedteens.com/, was the CW network’s website of choice to send teens to for more information and support.