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.