Renowned author Jeannette Walls will speak on Sunday, May 6th to kick off Mental Health Awareness month in Jackson. Walls’ 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 released in August 2017. In The Glass Castle, Walls details her family’s struggles with mental health, addiction, hunger and poverty, and how she emerged from the immense challenges she faced in childhood. Walls will address how mental health affected her upbringing and the positive attributes she developed in the face of adversity, such as independence and resilience. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Starting with the presentation by Jeannette Walls, Community Counseling Center, Community Safety Network, Curran 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 Hospital will present a talk on mental health and well-being. All related events are listed below.
·Sunday, May 6 | An evening with Jeannette 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
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 [email protected] or any of the following collaborating organizations.