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~Award-winning Writer Andrew Solomon Will Speak on Depression and Mental Health ~

For immediate release:
March 28, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Award-winning writer Andrew Solomon speaks knowledgeably about mental health issues. Not only an expert in the field, he also has struggled with these issues personally and writes about them candidly. Now Wellesley College's Organization for Mental Health Awareness (OMHA) is bringing Solomon to campus for a lecture, "Depression and Mental Health," Wednesday, April 2, at 4:30 pm in Pendleton West Hall, Room 212.

"With the increasing prevalence of mental disorders on college and university campuses worldwide, we feel that the community could benefit greatly from hearing Mr. Solomon speak," said Kathryn Pierce, a Wellesley College sophomore and president of OMHA. "His lecture will highlight the importance of destigmatizing mental illness. He will also discuss depression in cultural and scientific terms."

Solomon's most recent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, has garnered 11 national awards including the 2001 National Book Award. It has been published in 21 languages and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, it has been a bestseller in every foreign country in which it has been published.

A New York Times review described it as "all-encompassing, brave, deeply humane... a book of remarkable depth, breadth and vitality... open-minded, critically informed and poetic all at the same time... fearless, and full of compassion." Solomon has lectured on depression around the world, including at Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Brown, and has joined the board of Tipper Gore's National Mental Health Awareness Campaign. For more information, e-mail

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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