Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 17 books, including four New York Times best-sellers, including “The Hot House” and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.”
Earley will speak Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. His topic is “Hard Lessons I’ve Learned: My Son’s Recovery Story.”
After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Earley became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise.
His honest reporting and compelling writing helped him garner success as one of few authors with “the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency,” according to Washingtonian magazine.
When Earley’s life was turned upside down by the events recounted in his book “Crazy,” he joined the National Alliance on Mental Illness to advocate for strong mental health reform on the public stage.
This new advocacy has taken him to 48 different states and multiple countries around the globe where he delivers speeches to rally against the troubled mental health systems and for the mentally ill.
Earley’s primary focus has been a speech in which he uses his family’s story and the research that he conducted inside the Miami-Dade County jail, explaining why jails and prisons should not be used as asylums and why programs such as CIT, Mental Health Courts, Jail Diversion and Re-Entry programs can save tax-dollars and lives.
A couple of years ago, Earley announced that he was introducing a new speech titled “Hard Lessons I’ve Learned.” He talks about the lessons he has learned as a parent and his ultimate partnership with his son, Kevin, who today works as a peer-to-peer specialist after a rocky journey that included being hospitalized five times, being arrested and being Tased twice by police.
Earley donated copies of his book “Crazy” for this event and all the proceeds from the sale of his book will go to NAMI Moore County.
“NAMI Moore County appreciates the support of its partners in sponsoring this special event including Sandhills Center LME/MCO, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, First Bank and Realty World,” says a spokesman.
NAMI Moore County is an all-volunteer organization who advocates for those individuals living with mental illness and their families.
It is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and has provided no goods or services in exchange for this gift. Donations are appreciated. Tax-deductible contributions may also be sent to NAMI Moore County, P.O. Box 4823, Pinehurst, NC 28374.