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 OMHAmail@wellesley.edu.
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.