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Author to Speak About Mentally Ill Son

October 4, 2010

Pete Earley, author of the award winning book Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, will be speaking at Mount Union on Wednesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.
 
Earley was a journalist for nearly 30 years and had written primarily about crime and punishment in society. Suddenly, his life was turned upside down and he was on the inside looking out when his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill. Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness is a nonfiction book made up of two stories about mental health issues. The first story is about his son’s life. The second story discusses what Earley observed during a year-long investigation inside the Miami-Dade County Jail, where he was given unrestricted access.
 
According to Earley’s website, he feels more passionately about this book than any other he has written. He wrote it as a wake-up call to expose how people with mental illnesses are ending up behind bars when all they need is help, not punishment.
 
Earley earned a bachelor of science degree in business and mass communications from Phillips University in Oklahoma in 1973. Over the years he has worked for various newspapers including the Washington Post. He began working as a full-time author in 1986 and since then has published 12 books.
 
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Tamara Daily at (330) 823-2457 or dailyta@mountunion.edu.
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