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'Silver Linings Playbook' triggers a discussion about mental illness

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Panelists Alex Cohen and David O. Russell discuss removing the stigma of mental illness at Museum Of Tolerance on February 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. John Sciulli/Getty Images for The Weinstein C

The Oscar nominated film, "Silver Linings Playbook," tells the story of several people seeking to find a strategy to deal with their mental illnesses. It's been called out by doctors, educators and audiences everywhere for its ability to help remove the stigma of mental illness.

Recently, the Museum of Tolerance hosted a panel discussion with the filmmakers, experts and leading voices in the field of mental health. The film's director, David O. Russell, told Alex Cohen he was inspired to make this film because the topic hits close to home.

Russell made the film primarily to help raise awareness about people like his son. Russell's own son, Matthew, also appears in the film. He plays a nosey neighbor trying to write a report on Pat's struggle with bipolar disorder. 

The movie is also resonating with another audience as well: Military veterans.

Jake Clark, is one of the founders of the Warrior Meditation Project, a center in Malibu which helps returning veterans struggling with the effects of post traumatic stress. Clark says, like Bradley Cooper's character, a lot of veterans return home without a job or a place to live, and many are dealing with failing relationships. 

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