HOW OUR HEALTH AND EDUCATION SYSTEMS FAILED MY SON WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA
Please join us beginning at 5:30pm for a special book signing with Paul Gionfriddo,
President and CEO of Mental Health America.
In this moving, detailed, clear-eyed exposé, Gionfriddo describes how Tim and others like him come to live on the street. From the time Tim first began to show symptoms of schizophrenia to the inadequate institutional and educational supports he received growing up, his isolation from family and friends, his frequent encounters with the juvenile justice system and, later, the adult criminal justice system and its substandard mental health care, Gionfriddo takes stock of the numerous injustices that kept his son from realizing his potential. Losing Tim shows that people with mental illness become homeless as a result not of bad choices but of bad policy.
Gionfriddo is a former six-term legislator, mayor, policy consultant, and nonprofit executive. In 2013, he was
appointed to the National Advisory Council of the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services. In 2014, he was named President and CEO of Mental Health America, the nation’s oldest mental health advocacy organization where he leads a national effort to promote early identification and intervention around mental health concerns under the umbrella #B4Stage4.