Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close attend White House's National Conference on Mental Health

bradley-cooper-glenn-close-white-house-mental-illness.jpg Bradley Cooper, who earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a man struggling with mental illness in the 2012 movie "Silver Linings Playbook," took his cause to Washington D.C. this week.

The actor took part in the White House's National Conference on Mental Health Monday (June 3), in addition to actress Glenn Close, who was on hand to talk about her sister's struggles with being bipolar and her nephew's schizoaffective disorder.

The Washington Post quotes Cooper as saying, "I'm sort of here by accident. It's not that I didn't know about mental illness. I think it's just that I just didn't see it as a part of my life."

CBS News reports that Close focuses on reducing the stigma of mental illness -- "The amount of talent that we are losing because we are not taking care of people that are suffering from mental illness is catastrophic."

The president specifically spoke about mental health care for America's veterans, which is a topic that Cooper held a Q&A about with dozens of military vets after a screening of "Silver Linings" at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center back in January.
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