Obama hosts event to reduce mental health stigma

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By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actors Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close are among those gathering at the White House for a conference on mental health.

Monday's conference was organized as part of President Barack Obama's response to last year's Connecticut elementary school shooting. But its agenda is much broader, with an overall goal of reducing the stigma of mental health and encouraging those who are struggling to get help.

Obama plans to deliver opening remarks to about 150 attendees. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to close the conference, along with Cooper.

Cooper has been promoting mental health awareness since his Oscar-nominated leading role as a man with bipolar disorder in last year's "Silver Linings Playbook." Close's experience has been more personal, with her sister and nephew diagnosed with mental illness.

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