Alanis Morissette and Melissa McCarthy to star at Glenn Close's Mental Health Nonprofit Gala

Alanis Morissette and Melissa McCarthy to star at Glenn Close’s Mental Health Nonprofit Gala

Music icon Alanis Morissette will join Oscar-nominated star Melissa McCarthy and a range of other artists at a gala in San Francisco on Wednesday night to benefit Bring Change to Mind, the nonprofit co-founded by Glenn Close to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

The 10th Annual Revels and Revelations Fundraiser for Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) takes place Wednesday night at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco. The lineup includes musical and comedic performances by Morissette, musician Andy Grammer and comedian Jay Pharoah.

Morissette has been candid over the years about her experience with depression and anxiety. “Jagged Little Pill,” a jukebox musical based on hit songs from its catalog, is currently playing in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Theater until November 6.

Actress Glenn Close (left) poses with actress Melissa McCarthy at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 27, 2019. (Photo by Nick AGRO / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICK AGRO/AFP via Getty Images)

The schedule for Revels and Revelations culminates with McCarthy receiving the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award from the organization for his contributions to comedy over his 20-year career, which includes Oscar-nominated turns in the films “Bridesmaids” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me”. “Close and actor Erich Bergen will host the event.

Tickets are still available for the gala at a cost of $1,000 per person. Money raised from the event will help support BC2M, a San Francisco-based national organization “dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health and increasing awareness, understanding and empathy.” Close founded the nonprofit in 2010 after her sister, Jessie, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew, Calen Pick, with schizoaffective disorder.

Much of BC2M’s work focuses on its high school curriculum, said executive director Pamela Harrington. BC2M provides evidence-based training and funding to student-run clubs in high schools, where teens promote mental health in a way that’s relevant to them and their peers. Students can organize a campaign to help their peers learn more about eating disorders or to take care of their health in the face of exam stress.

Since its launch in fall 2015, the initiative has grown to include clubs at more than 450 high schools, with 12,000 student members throughout the Bay Area, Southern California, Arizona, USA. ‘Indiana, the Northeast and the New York Tri-State Area. .

In addition to Revels & Revelation, BC2M will feature other events this fall in the Bay Area, including its 7th Annual High School Student Summit at Oakland’s Uptown Station on November 5. The group will host more than 200 teens from 75 Northern California schools, who can learn about mental health from experts, influencers, young leaders and people with lived experience.

Harrington said the work of anti-stigma mental health organizations like BC2M has impacted how people talk about mental illness in the United States, especially in recent years when the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to come to terms with anxiety. , depression and isolation.

“For the first time, we saw a reduction in depression-related stigma and anxiety,” Harrington said, adding that BC2M conducts studies to measure public attitudes and behaviors towards depression. mental illness.

“I think there’s a great level of empathy and compassion in most sectors.”

Unfortunately, she said, there remains “a huge amount of stigma” around more serious illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

On the other hand, Harrington is encouraged by how young people have learned that they don’t need to feel shame if they are having mental or emotional difficulties.

“Students are quick to say, ‘I need help’ or ‘I need someone to talk to,’” Harrington said. “We really see that this new generation knows remarkably well how to ask for help and how to have those conversations.”

What the organization has also noticed is that teens who participate in their clubs are “teaching” their teachers and parents about mental illness. “These young people are sophisticated and driven,” Harrington said. “They are really inspiring. We’ll be in good hands when they grow up.

Revels and Revelations: Fundraising Gala for Bring Change to Mind.

When: Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. cocktail dinner; 7:30 p.m., dinner, program and entertainment

Where: Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco

Tickets: Start at $1,000. Event details, sponsorship and ticket information are available on the BC2M website.

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