Friday, August 31, 2007

Pete Earley to Speak in San Antonio

Pete Earley, a former Washington Post reporter and father of an adult son who has bipolar disorder, will be giving a lecture and signing his book "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness." The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel, 111 E. Pecan St. in San Antonio, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. The free event is part of the Family Preservation Institute's conference, and is sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill San Antonio. For more information, call NAMI at 734-3349.

You can read the first chapter of this compelling and informative book at In "Crazy," Earley presents a history of the nation's mental health sytem and explains how our country has moved from institutionalizing those with mental illness in state hospitals to incarcerating them in our jails and prisons. He spends considerable time in Miami-Dade County and presents heartbreaking case studies of individuals who have been failed by the public mental health system. It's a must read for anyone interested in the intersection of mental health and criminal justice issues!

No comments: