1 in 3 people will suffer brain illness or injury in their lifetime.
Brain diseases and injuries cost society as much as $2 TRILLION per year in the US and EU.
Brain disorders and injuries cost society more than cancer and cardiovascular disease COMBINED.
1.7 MILLION Americans have Autism.
1.7 MILLION Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury every year.
Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease.
For every soldier killed in war in 2012, about 25 veterans took their own lives.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH AND DISABILITY in America.
By 2023, over 46 million American adults will suffer from a mental disorder.
53,000 Americans die every year due to Traumatic Brain Injury.
8 teenagers die EVERY DAY in the US from TBI.
Neurological disorders constitute 12% of total deaths globally each year.
There are 5 MILLION Americans living with TBI-related disabilities.
Mental disorders make up 35% of the cost of all non-communicable diseases worldwide.
5.3 MILLION Americans have lifelong disabilities due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Direct and indirect cost of TBI is $76 BILLION per year in the US.
Nearly 8% of the US population suffers from POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS in their lifetime.
300,000 soldiers suffer TBI and/or PTS.
Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.
There is 1 military suicide per day in the US.
FOUR people commit suicide EVERY HOUR in the United States.
In the U.S., serious mental illness causes earnings loss of $193.2 billion annually.
90% of suicide victims have a TREATABLE MENTAL DISORDER.
Nearly 10% of people with SCHIZOPHRENIA commit suicide.
Number one sport per capita for traumatic brain injury is GIRLS SOCCER.
HALF A MILLION children under 14 go to the emergency room every year for TBI.
Funding for brain research from government and pharmaceutical companies is DECREASING EVERY YEAR.
Someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease EVERY 68 SECONDS.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in US adults.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.
TBI patients are up to 5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Medicaid and Medicare spend $130 BILLION per year on Alzheimer’s patients.
One in 10 high school athletes involved in contact sports sustain a concussion each year.
Over 400,000 Americans have Multiple Sclerosis.
An athlete who sustains a concussion is 5 times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
People with TBI are nearly twice as likely to report binge drinking.
The lowest rates of Multiple Sclerosis are in countries nearest to the EQUATOR.
20% of U.S. troops returning from combat tours show symptoms of PTSD or major depression.
DEPRESSION is the LEADING CAUSE of disease burden in the U.S.
Nearly 7% of American adults had a MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE in the past 12 months.
81.1 million people will be affected by dementia by 2040.
Over 2 MILLION Americans over the age of 18 suffer from BIPOLAR DISORDER.
About one in 10 individuals will have at least one epileptic seizure in their lifetime.
TBI victims are 50% more likely to suffer from depression.
Over 2 MILLION Americans have SCHIZOPHRENIA.
Among people with MS, physical disability contributes to a nearly 70% unemployment rate.
The annual medical cost of Schizophrenia in the US is OVER $32B.


Posted on December 11, 2012


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Glenn Close has a Tony Award, Emmy Award, Golden Globe and six Oscar nominations, but her latest honor is among the most meaningful.

The 65-year-old actress will accept a special recognition at the second annual American Giving Awards, to air Saturday (8 p.m. EST) on NBC, for her work with Bring Change 2 Mind, a nonprofit organization that aims to end the stigma of mental illness.

Close was inspired to help launch the group in 2009 after experiencing the challenges presented by mental illness in her family.

She talked with The Associated Press about what's next for the charity — and for her.


AP: What led you to establish Bring Change 2 Mind?

Close: Realizing that what I should have been giving all my nonprofit time to was right under my nose in my own family. My sister is bipolar and my nephew is schizoaffective. And because our family had really no knowledge of or vocabulary for mental illness. (My sister) Jessie was actually diagnosed after her son. I think if we had been more knowing as a family, a lot of real suffering could have been avoided. ... And I've always been as an actress very, very cognizant of the power of words and how frightening some words can be and how they lose their power if you just keep repeating them, and fling them out into the open. So that's basically what we decided to do.

AP: What progress has been made since 2009?

Close: We've made great progress with our Facebook website community. I think we're being more and more known for a place where you can go to find people who are dealing with the same thing you're dealing with, where you can tell your story, where you can have communication, the potential of a fantastic community that can grow up around this. The Web is perfect for this kind of thing because the person's first step might be to acknowledge, to take our pledge on Bring Change 2 Mind, to acknowledge that they need help and to be able to articulate that on a website rather than in person with anyone ... I think what we can do is get the message out.

AP: How are attitudes toward mental illness changing?

Close: That's tricky because one really fascinating fact and the reason I stay really committed to this is stigma is still pretty entrenched. ... The most effective ways to change somebody's prejudice and attitudes around mental illness is to meet someone who actually has it and to realize that they're OK.

AP: How do cinematic depictions of mental illness affect perceptions?

Close: If they're positive like 'Silver Linings Playbook' — which I thought was a wonderful movie — I think it's very positive. It opens up the dialogue. It's all good, as far as I'm concerned. The tradition has been to use mental illness as a plot device for violence, for just plain old craziness, because that's very easy. I mean, I was Alex Forrest in 'Fatal Attraction.' ... The amazing thing was when I was researching that character, even the psychiatrists that I talked to never mentioned the possibility of a mental disorder. And that was also before my sister was diagnosed, so it wasn't even in my radar screen. But now I think we are getting more medically literate about all that, and I think it's fantastic that really good movies showing interesting people who are coping with life and happen to have a mental disorder is great because there's one in four. It's an astounding statistic. One in four people across this globe are affected in some way by mental illness.

AP: How does this award help the cause?

Close: It's huge. You don't see that many things about mental illness. ... That shows that mental illness is not a comfortable thing for people to talk about, and the fact that they are giving me this award and my family — my sister, two of her children and my daughter are going to come up with me — because I think the image of a family together surrounding and supporting their members who have mental illness, there's no words for it. That's where I'm so moved and honored by this recognition and excited, actually, that we can put that image on television.

AP: What's next for you?

Close: I'm very excited. I'm going to be doing, starting in February, a movie with Nick Nolte. We play kind of a rock 'n' roll couple. He's an iconic rock 'n' roll guy, singer-songwriter out of the Troubadour/Laurel Canyon tradition ... that whole incredible generation of singer-songwriters, and he's of that ilk, and I've stuck with him through thick and thin, and I won't tell you the plotline, but I was very, very moved by the story. I think it's timely and really well written. I think it's going to be a lot of fun and it will have great music in it.

AP: What's it called?

Close: 'Always on My Mind.'


© 2012 Associated Press