I am so grateful to Pete Earley for speaking out about mental health issues. Pete is a vocal advocate for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and for those with mental health and their families. For him, like so many of us, his advocacy began when his son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Suddenly, he says, he and his son “were thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities and Catch-22s that make up America’s mental health system.”
As a journalist and bestselling author, it was inevitable that he would write about the issues of mental health. His book, CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, tells of the criminalization of mental illness in our country. He writes in detail about the circumstances of the mentally ill in our jails and prisons and about the injustice of a system in which those with mental illness end up being punished for their illnesses rather than being treated.
Pete is passionate about the issues. His accomplishments as an advocate for those with mental illness are a testament to what each of us can achieve as individual voices in the fight for better treatment for those with mental illness.
Thank you, Pete!
See Pete’s blogs about Max and me and excerpts from Walks on the Margins: “I Don’t Die At The Hand Of A Stranger, Especially If That Stranger Is Me” and “The Heart of NAMI: A Mom Explains”