Archive for April 22nd, 2007

Road to Austin Concert

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I have received in the mail today at home an invitation to attend a MH event with former Washington Post reporter, Pete Earley, speaking on CRAZY:  A FATHER’S SEARCH THROUGH AMERICA’S MENTAL HEALTH MADNESS, presented by NAMI Austin, in cooperation with The University of Texas School of Social Work.

This former Washington Post reporter, Pete Earley, had written extensively about the criminal justice system.  But it was only when his own son – in the throws of a manic episode – broke into a neighbor’s house and took a bath in her tub that he learned the truth about what is happening to mentally ill people who have the misfortune to break the law.

“I had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out…until my son, Mike, was declared mentally ill” said Earley.

Through his research Earley found that 300,000 persons with severe mental disorders are currently being held in jails and prisons, another 500,000 are on probation, and 700,000 go through the court system each year.

Sunday May 6, 2007, at 3pm Thompson
University of Texas at Austin
SW Corner of Dean Keeton &
Red River
(free parking in Lot 40)

To reserve a seat, please call the NAMI office at 512-420-9810.

The announcement card mentions to go to www.namiaustin.org for additional information; however, their link wasn’t working tonight. 

Immediately following from 5:30-7p, there will be a wine & cheese reception with Pete Earley at Follett’s Intellectual Property on the NW Corner of 24th and Guadalupe Street.  A 20% discount will be given on the purchase of the book during this book signing event.

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For those going to
New Hampshire anytime soon, I have also received an announcement today for a conference about INTERNATIONAL FAMILY VIOLENCE AND CHILD VICTIMIZATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE presented byt the University of New Hampshire in conjunction with the Family Research Laboratory and Crimes Against Children Research Center.

July 8-10, 2007Sheraton Harborside Hotel
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 

Online registration begins in early April.  Go to www.unh.edu/fri/conferences/2007/onlinereg.html.  Registration should be done by May 11th to receive the early registration discount.

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