This was a great afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 12th, hearing Pete Earley share his son, Kevin’s life story and what he went through to recover. Having been arrested, tazed, and hospitalized multiple times, Kevin finally started complying with his treatment plan. It took years of frustration for Pete, his wife Patti, and Kevin due to our broken mental health system, but they emerged victorious, with Kevin now an active peer counselor who counsels others and uses his musical ability to share his story.

(Photo courtesy of George Reynolds.)

We had a wonderful Q&A session with Pete, who reminded the audience that it is up to us to be a voice for the mentally ill. Just making a phone call to our senators and representatives helps remind them that we are out here looking for answers. He recommended membership in groups like NAMI and applauded the work being done at Linden Lodge.

This was followed by a book-signing of “Crazy”, Pete’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated book about the pitfalls of our mental health system. All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon where everyone came away more educated, encouraged and aware. Thanks so much to Pete (and Patti), the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, and our sponsors: Sandhills Center, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, First Bank, Nikki Bowman & Realty World, and Evelyn O’Connell.

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