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The Dignity And Worth of All Human Beings
November 11, 2014 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm$65 - $250
An Evening in Conversation and Fundraising Event with Andrew Solomon
How do we love the people in our lives who are profoundly different than we are?
How do parents deal with raising a child who isn’t what they expected him or her to be? What if the child has a mental illness? Is autistic? Deaf? Has Down syndrome? Has special needs? Is a criminal? Is a prodigy? Is conceived in rape? Is transgendered?
No one has thought or written more about mental well-being and loving the people in our lives who are different ‘no matter what,’ than author and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Andrew Solomon – and he has explored these subjects in two persuasive and mesmerizing multi-award-winning books Far From The Tree and Noonday Demon. These hopeful and at times joyful books are a must read for families, parents, entrepreneurs … everyone!
Join us for a magical and important evening with this erudite, brilliant, compassionate and eloquent storyteller as he helps us lift the insidious culture of shame and silence that surrounds mental illness and difference. We know that sharing our stories is a powerful way to fight this stigma and discrimination … it’s our best weapon, and we will celebrate this evening highlighting the profound dignity and worth of every human being and declare that we will ‘love, no matter what.’
This conversation and fund-raising event is on Veterans Day. The day was chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the mental health of veterans returning from war. Nearly 60 million Americans live with mental illness and everyday over 23 veterans commit suicide. These statistics are frightening and “sadly underscore the urgent need for a sustained, national effort to ensure all our vets get the care and support they deserve,” says Paul Rieckhoff, CEO and founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
A charitable donation will be made to Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America and New York Metro National Alliance on Mental Illness from proceeds from the event.
This phenomenally brilliant writer, is an exquisitely moving and engaging orator…check out some of his TED Talks https://www.ted.com/speakers/andrew_solomon
‘Not long from now, doing things to look after our emotional health, will be as common as doing things to be physically fit.’ – Action for Happiness