Author to speak of struggles with mental illness

Join David Fitzpatrick, author of Sharp: A Memoir, tonight as he tells the story of his descent from promising beginnings to almost two decades of struggles with mental illness, self-mutilation by cutting, and substance abuse.

His shocking and poignant memoir is ultimately a tale of hope, and achieving recovery through treatment and support. The event, which is hosted by the Stamford/Greenwich affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight, March 14, in Conference Room B at the Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford.

Mr. Fitzpatrick will be introduced by his wife, Amy Holmes, who will speak of stigma and living with someone who struggles.

Acclaimed author Wally Lamb wrote of Mr. Fitzpatrick, “David Fitzpatrick is our tour guide for a harrowing journey from self-destructive psychosis to a cautious re-emergence into the flickering sunshine of the sane world. Fitzpatrick writes about mental illness with the unsparing intensity of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton but also with the hard-won self-knowledge of William Styron, Kay Jamison, and other chroniclers of disease, recovery, and management. While reading Sharp, I was at turns frightened, appalled, enlightened, and overcome with sadness. … And, by book’s end, reassured about the triumph of the human spirit and the healing power of a family’s patient and abiding love.”

The event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call 203-388-1603 or visit Namisg.info.

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