NAMI Minnesota’s Fall Author Series: My Story highlights authors who are telling their story of living with a mental illness or living with a loved one who does.
This month’s author, W.J.T. Mitchell, will read passages from his book, Mental Traveler: A Father, a Son, and a Journey through Schizophrenia, which will be followed by a discussion and Q&A period. W. J. T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago and editor of Critical Inquiry.
How does a parent make sense of a child’s severe mental illness? How does a father meet the daily challenges of caring for his gifted son who lives with a mental illness, while seeking to overcome the stigma of mental illness and the limits of psychiatry?
W. J. T. Mitchell’s memoir tells the story—at once representative and unique—of one family’s encounter with mental illness and bears witness to the life of the talented young man who was his son.
Gabriel Mitchell was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age twenty-one and died by suicide eighteen years later. He left behind a remarkable archive of creative work and a father determined to honor his son’s attempts to conquer his own illness. Before his death, Gabe had been working on a film that would show mental illness from inside and out, as media stereotype and spectacle, symptom and stigma, malady and minority status, disability and gateway to insight. He was convinced that mental illness is an extreme form of subjective experience that we all endure at some point in our lives, whether in moments of ecstasy or melancholy, or in the enduring trauma of a broken heart. Gabe’s declared ambition was to transform schizophrenia from a death sentence to a learning experience, and mental illness from a curse to a critical perspective.
You can find the book here: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/M/bo49299282.html
Date: Wednesday, September 30th (09/30/2020)
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvc-2vrzsjHdSfDQTBZcw4pwc6jW-Mqq1M
Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 7:30 pm
Date: September 30, 2020