Author to discuss mental health Oct. 25 at Rockford College

Author Pete Earley will discuss mental health in America as a part of the Rockford College forum series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25,  at Rockford College’s Clark Arts Center, Maddox Theatre, 5050 East State Street, in Rockford.

Earley, a former Washington Post reporter, has written 13 books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Hot House” and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist, “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.” Earley’s account of the John Walker spy ring, “Family of Spies,” was a New York Times bestseller and CBS mini-series. “The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison” was based on a year that Earley spent inside a maximum security federal prison as an author.

Earley’s  advocacy for strong mental health reform on the public stage has taken him to 46 different states and several countries, where he delivers speeches to rally against the troubled mental health systems and for the mentally ill following struggles with the system on behalf of his son.

Admission to the event is free, but tickets are required. Call the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100 for tickets or for more information.