Mental Health Advocate
A former Washington Post reporter, Pete Earley is the author of 11 nonfiction books, including four New York Times bestsellers, and six novels. He is best known for his nonfiction book, CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, which was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
Earley has testified five times before the U.S. Congress about the need for mental health reform and has lectured in four foreign countries. He serves on the board of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which finances projects to eliminate homelessness. The Chief Justice of the Va. Supreme Court appointed him to a task force that recommended changes to the state’s involuntary commitment laws after a horrific shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech University.
He writes regularly for USA TODAY and the Washington Post about mental health issues and also writes a weekly blog at www.peteearley.com about mental health issues that is quoted by the media. He is a lifetime member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and in the past six years has visited 48 states to speak about why the incarceration of persons with mental illnesses is unnecessary and inappropriate. A recent blog that he posted alerted the media to the death of a 37-year-old black woman with schizophrenia in Fairfax County, Virginia, who died after being repeated stunned by deputies with a taser.