In this episode, Mike Schlossberg shows us that there is not just one way to advocate for mental health.
Mike is the author of “Redemption” which is a young adult, science fiction, dystopian novel about depression, anxiety, and the end of the world. He has used his science fiction book to explore mental health-related issues. The main character has depression and anxiety, and he has to lead a spaceship and crew to save the world against a deadly virus. (A side note worth mentioning is that the book was written before Covid-19.) Check out his book at www.MikeSchlossbergAuthor.com
Mike Schlossberg is not only an author, he is also a House Representative in Pennsylvania and a mental health advocate. In 2015, with the death by suicide of Robin Williams in the news, Representative Schlossberg shared his own struggles with depression and anxiety in an op-ed in the Morning Call. His story set forth a very public conversation about mental health and stigma which has become a central focus for Representative Schlossberg. Since 2015, he has been a keynote speaker at conferences, advanced legislation in the General Assembly and been invited to Washington, D.C. to help Congresswoman Susan Wild’s efforts to enact federal legislation to improve mental health care delivery across the country. Representative Schlossberg was also appointed to the Mental Health & Justice Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and was named Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Force by Governor Wolf. www.pahouse.com/schlossberg
You can also connect with Mike on Facebook, and he is @MikeSchlossberg on Twitter.
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