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Headcase: LGBTQ Mental Health Talk with Stephanie Schroeder

Rough Draft is excited to welcome author Stephanie Schroeder to Kingston as our next visiting writer!

Stephanie will read from the anthology she co-edited, Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness. She will be joined in conversation by Kingston resident JoAnn Myers, PhD, associate professor of political science at Marist College and an expert in gender and LGBTQ issues.

About Headcase:

"Headcase is a fantastic collection of brave and poignant personal stories about the intersection between mental health treatment and LGBTQ identity. The writers' stories reveal the often sad and frustrating (even dangerous) reality of coping with mental illness in a nation where competent, inclusive psychiatric care is frequently prohibitively expensive or flat out unavailable. They also show the resilience, creativity, and intelligence of this eclectic group of contributors who utilize all their personal and community resources to achieve and maintain wellness and positive self-identity. The work breaks down stigma associated with mental illness where it's commonly assumed that if people with mental illness are struggling, then they must not be smart enough, hard-working enough, or otherwise doing everything they can to help themselves." -- Alice Boyes, PhD, author, The Anxiety Toolkit and The Healthy Mind Toolkit

Headcase will be for sale at the event, along with Stephanie's 2012 memoir, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide.

This event is FREE with food, drink, or book purchase, and is part of the ongoing Rough Draft Writer's Retreat series, which aims to bring new authors and voices to the Kingston community. Please visit for more details.

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