FIX WHAT YOU CAN virtual launch event with Mindy Greiling and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Mindy Greiling will host a virtual event with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Thursday, October 8 for the launch of her new book, FIX WHAT YOU CAN.
When Oct 08, 2020
from 13:00 PM to 14:30 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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One mother’s fight to support her son and change a broken system 

 Mindy Greiling will host a virtual event with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Thursday, October 8 at 1:00 p.m. for the launch of her new book, Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Lawmaker's Fight for Her Son. The conversation will be moderated by Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota. The event is co-sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and People Incorporated, a nonprofit organization that serves people with mental illness in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul metro area. Humphrey School Dean Laura Bloomberg will offer introductory remarks, and People Incorporated CEO Jill Wiedemann-West will also provide brief comments. Please register for the event here to receive meeting information.

Signed books are available for purchase through our partner bookseller, University of Minnesota Bookstores, here.

In his early twenties, Mindy Greiling’s son, Jim, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Greiling was a Minnesota state legislator who struggled, along with her husband, to navigate and improve the state’s inadequate mental health system. Fix What You Can is an illuminating and frank account of caring for a person with a mental illness, told by a parent and advocate.  

"An honest, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking story of the impact of a serious mental illness on an individual and their family. The book grapples with the tough subject of how to support and protect your son when he is symptomatic and vulnerable and yet live your life and promote independence and consequences for your son. Her story also underlines the importance of connecting with those who are traveling a similar journey, such as through NAMI, and the important role legislators have in building and improving our mental health." —Sue Abderholden, executive director, NAMI Minnesota

"Mindy Greiling’s riveting account pays tribute both to a mother’s inexhaustible love for a son diagnosed with schizophrenia and to the barriers families face as they struggle to help a loved one ravaged by the worst of mental disorders. Although deeply personal, Fix What You Can tells a much broader story as it exposes the difficulties families experience right now all across America. I have read hundreds of books written by parents about mental illnesses, and this one ranks among the best. This book is a well-written godsend for parents and those they love." —Pete Earley, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search through America’s Mental Health Madness

"Mindy Greiling has written a very useful book about her son’s schizophrenia and substance abuse. Her descriptions of the raw reality of this all-too-common combination are among the best. She demonstrates how complicated it is for families to get adequate psychiatric care for their loved ones, and she uses her political position as a prominent state legislator to change Minnesota’s laws regarding the treatment of serious mental illness. I strongly recommend this book." —E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., author of Surviving Schizophrenia

"Mindy Greiling’s passionate support for mental health has turned Minnesota into a national leader on the issue." —St. Paul Pioneer Press