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Judith Warner – New York Times Bestselling Author – to Speak on Mental Health

Author Judith Warner

New York Times bestselling author Judith Warner.

Judith Warner, the author of eight non-fiction books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety and We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication will be the first speaker of the season in the second annual Kids Matter: Perkins Partners in Mental Health Series set to begin on Thursday, September 22. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Janeway Auditorium.

Judith is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. She is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Time.com. She was a 2012–2013 recipient of a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, and was once a correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She is excited about coming to Perkins to share the findings from her research.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to speak about We’ve Got Issues at Perkins,” Author Judith Warner said. “I am so looking forward to meeting the community.”

When Judith started writing We’ve Got Issues in 2004, she self- admittedly bought into the belief that ADHD, bi-polar and mild forms of autism were “fashionable maladies” of questionable reality created by affluent parents of neurotic kids. When the book came out in 2010 – 5 years after originally planned – she had changed her thinking dramatically. She describes the writing of this book as an odyssey. She will bring us along on that journey during her talk and looks forward to entertaining questions afterwards. “I’m particularly looking forward to a lively question and answer session after my talk,” Judith wrote in a statement from her Washington, D.C. home.

Judith Warner We've Got Issues

Judith Warner to speak on mental health issues.

We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication received a 2010 Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a 2011 Changing Lives Award from the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, and a 2012 Friends of Children’s Mental Health Media Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

This is the first session to be held at Perkins this season. “We received excellent feedback after our Perkins Partners in Mental Health Series last fall, and we are delighted to be able to offer this free presentation to the community again,” Director of Organizational Advancement Kerry Flathers said. “It is because of the generosity and support of the SHINE Initiative that we are able to offer parents, educators, and others this opportunity to be better educated about mental health and associated stigma. Judy Warner is thrilled to be joining us, and I have no doubt her presentation will be well-received.”

While the session is FREE, we ask that you register by e-mail to dbuono@perkinschool.org  or call 978-365-7376 during regular business hours (8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday). Parking is plentiful but seating is limited so be sure to register! To learn more about Judith click here.