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Author, former reporter guest speaker at seminar for Mental Health Month

A finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction books will address this year’s Mental Health Month breakfast and seminar.

Tuesday’s event at Decatur General West will feature Pete Earley, a former reporter for The Washington Post and author of “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.”

His book tells about his struggle to get his college-age son help after being diagnosed with a serious mental illness, as well his discoveries during a nine-month investigation at the Miami-Dade County Jail. He followed prisoners with mental problems through the justice system and into the community to observe the services available to them.

Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers and licensed professional counselors can earn continuing education credits by attending.

Registration for the seminar begins at 8 a.m. Breakfast is at 8:30, and the seminar will be from 9 to 11:15.

The event is free, but seating is limited to 170, so attendees must pre-register by calling 353-1160.

Paul Huggins

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