March 8, 2010                                               

AMHERST, Mass.—Lizzie Simon, speaker and author of the book Detour: My Bipolar Trip in 4-D, will discuss her own experiences with mental illness (specifically bipolar disorder), its stigma and wellness at 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Amherst College’s Keefe Campus Center on Wednesday, April 1. The event—which is free and open to the public—was organized in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Simon has been quoted on CNN, Fox, NBC and NPR as well as in The New York Post, The Saturday Evening Post and Nylon Magazine. She has traveled the country to speak to wide-ranging audiences about mental health and co-produced the MTV documentary True Life: I’m Bipolar. She has also written mental health pieces for Time, CosmoGirl and bp Magazine. She is a founding member of the Leadership 21 Committee of the BazelonCenter for Mental Health Law.         

Simon’s talk is sponsored by Health Education, Campus Center/Student Activities, the Association of Amherst Students, the Social Council and the Program Board.