Bradley Cooper has been an active advocate for mental health awareness since the 38-year-old actor played a bipolar man in the Oscar-winning film, "Silver Linings Playbook." He had previously led a Q&A session with military vets at Walter Reed Medical Center and met with Vice President Joe Biden on mental health issues at the height of awards season back in February.
Cooper was back in Washington, D.C., on Monday for the National Conference on Mental Health hosted by the White House.
“I’m sort of here by accident,” Cooper told the audience, according to The Reliable Source. “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.”
Biden, who also attended the conference, joked about his granddaughter's efforts to use his connections to introduce her to Cooper.
"She said, 'Pop, you're his friend, right?' " Biden said. " 'Pop, you ought to call him. ... We have a very big suite. You should have him down like you do other people! Like presidents and things!' "
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