Mental Illness Talks
Since my last blog posting, I have given a number of talks on my life with mental illness. More specifically, on April 15 I spoke about "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story" to the Psychiatry, Mental Health and the Law class at the Brandeis School of Law; on June 4 I spoke about "Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment" to the Psychopathology class at the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville; on July 2 I spoke about that topic with a group of the Kentucky Governor's Scholars (the top high school students in Kentucky); on July 17 I spoke on that topic with the clinical staff at Wellspring, a mental health care agency; and on August 26 I spoke about how those with severe mental illness can be successful professionals to the training class for the Crisis Intervention Team of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department. Future scheduled talks will be to the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville Psychopathology class, the Grand Rounds of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, the annual meeting of the Indiana Conference of Rehabilitative Psychiatric Services, NAMI Louisville, and the Association of American Law Schools.
In addition to my own talks, I, in conjunction with NAMI Louisville and the Brandeis School of Law, have arranged to have Professor Elyn R. Saks of the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California and author of the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (Hyperion 2007) speak at the University of Louisville on October 26 and 27 about her career as a highly successful legal academic who has schizophrenia.