“The Glass Castle” author speaking for Mental Health Awareness Month

JACKSON, WY— Her memoir The Glass Castle spent over 200 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was adapted into a film of the same name last summer.

Author Jeanette Walls will speak here in Jackson on Sunday, May 6. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Walls will address how mental health affected her upbringing and how adversity actually gave her independence and resilience.

Wall’s memoir details her family’s struggles with mental health, addiction, hunger and poverty, and how she emerged from the immense challenges she faced in childhood.

The talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Starting with the presentation by Jeanette Walls, Community Counseling CenterCommunity Safety NetworkCurran Seeley Foundation and Teton Youth & Family Services have collectively organized three events during the month of May to draw attention to mental disorders and the support available in Jackson Hole for dealing with these challenges. The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and St. John’s Hospital Foundation are also providing support to make Mental Health Month a success. In addition, St. John’s Medical Center will present a talk on mental health and well-being. All related events are listed below.

  • Sunday, May 6 | An evening with Jeanette Walls at Center for the Arts
  • Thursday, May 10 | The Glass Castle movie screening at Teton County Library
  • Wednesday, May 16 | Panel on Mental Health in our Valley at Teton County Library
  • Wednesday, May 23 | Richie Davidson’s on Well-Being is a Skill–How to Have a Healthy Mind at Center for the Arts sponsored by St. John’s Hospital

The month of May was designated national Mental Health Awareness Month, or Mental Health Month, in 1949. Since then, mental health advocates and service providers have reached millions of people through events and assessments. Locally, Leadership Jackson Hole’s 2018 class is also working on an awareness campaign to help raise the profile of issues related to mental health this spring.

To learn more about these efforts visit mentalhealthjh.org or any of the sponsor’s websites (linked above). For more information about national Mental Health Month, visit mentalhealthamerica.net/may. For details about any of these events, please contact Hillary Munro hillaryjmunro@gmail.com or any of the following collaborating organizations.

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