Pete Earley Speaks at Colorado College

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In addition to being an author, I’m the president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs (NAMI-CS).  On Wednesday,  we brought bestselling author Pete Earley to  Colorado College to speak about his book, Crazy, A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.  I was fortunate to spend the day with Pete, accompanying him to speak with Colorado College journalism and psychology students and meeting parents and NAMI volunteers.  We talked a lot about mental health and how critical it is to speak out and write about the issues.  Pete is an amazingly committed and important voice for the mentally ill in our country.  His visit was part of NAMI-CS’s collaboration with Colorado College in continuing efforts to educate the community about mental illness in order to promote understanding and reduce the horrible stigma that surrounds these illnesses.  We want people to understand that mental illness is an illness like any other.  They are biological brain disorders that affect one in four families.  Attached is a link to Kathryn Eastburn’s Colorado Springs inteview with Pete on KRCC.

http://radiocoloradocollege.org/2012/03/the-middle-distance-33012/

 


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Pete Earley Speaks at Colorado College — 2 Comments

  1. Kathy,
    Thanks so much for inviting me to speak at NAMI-CS’s mental health event. You are a gracious and entertaining hostess. Your work with NAMI is giving a voice to those seldom heard — our loved ones with mental disorders. This is important and I appreciate your dedication. Not only do I admire your advocacy, I also have become a fan of your writing. I am enjoying Swimming with the Dead. I’ve always wanted to scuba dive but only have tried it once. Now I can live vicariously through your characters. Thank you for ‘keeping me on the edge of my seat’ as a writer — or should I write ‘gulping for air!’
    You might wish to read the blog that I posted about Colorado College and NAMI CS.
    http://www.peteearley.com/2012/04/02/saving-others-by-sharing-our-stories/
    Best wishes and happy writing!
    Pete Earley

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