Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to Speak About Advocating for People with Mental Illness

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will speak on May 6 about her new book, Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers. The talk, question-and-answer period, and booksigning is sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Public Interest Advocacy, the Health Center, the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, and Odyssey Bookshop.

The book details the revolution in research about and treatments of mental illnesses, and explains how best to help someone with such an illness. It also includes resources to help ensure that friends and loved ones with mental illnesses receive the best possible treatment. The book is based on data from the annual Rosalynn Carter symposium for mental illness, and was created in consultation with experts at the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Mental Health Association.

Carter has worked for more than two decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. She is currently an advocate for mental health, early childhood immunization, human rights, conflict resolution, and empowerment or urban communities, through her work at the Carter Center in Atlanta.