Rarely does one book enlighten, frighten and then restore one’s hope in the resilience of the human spirit. New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers brings his acclaimed writing skills to focus on the dual track of historic and personal treatment of mental illness in his book, No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America.
The book title is a remarkably cruel quote from a staff member of Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker. By the end of this conversation (and the end of the book), mental illness is honored as an illness like any other, with diagnosis and treatment as essential (although much more complicated) as insulin to a diabetic.
Powers’ goal is, “to arm other families with a sense of urgency that perhaps came to us too late,” he writes. “When symptoms occur in a loved one, assume the worst until a professional convinces you otherwise. Act quickly, and keep acting. If necessary, act to the limit of your means. Tough advice. Tough world.”
No One Cares About Crazy People will be at the subsidized price of $10 at the event.
- One of People Magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year
- A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year – Nonfiction
- A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year – Nonfiction
“Extraordinary and courageous . . . No doubt if everyone were to read this book, the world would change.”—New York Times Book Review
June 7 is a free event that combines:
- Resource information from local organizations who treat and support those living with mental illness
- A conversation with Ron Powers, who is a compelling and honest storyteller
- Opportunity to purchase Mr. Powers’ book: No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
- Additional training option: De-escalation: What Helps When People Are Upset
- 10:30am – 11:30am Resource Fair, Registration, Networking
- 11:30am – 1:00pm Program, Lunch
- 1:00pm – 1:30pm Book Signing, Resource Fair