Common Experience author Ross Szabo to speak on mental health

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
October 24, 2013

Ross Szabo

Ross Szabo

Ross Szabo, author of this year's Common Experience book Behind Happy Faces, will speak about Mental Health and Illness at Texas State University Oct. 30.

The event will take place in Evans Auditorium on campus beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Szabo is an award-winning speaker, writer, trainer and returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Since 2002, he has spoken to more than a million students about the importance of mental health and provided a positive example to empower them to seek help. He received the 2010 Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award, 2012 Changing Minds Award and had his advocacy work entered into the Congressional Record. He is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

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