Cartoonist and Graphic Memoirist to Discuss Mental Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and on Wednesday, May 29, Vermont-based cartoonist Rachel Lindsay comes to Manchester Community Library to discuss her personal journey with bipolar illness, as well as devlve into the treatment of mental illness, the role of art and expression in the healing process, and the often-unavoidable choice between sanity and happiness. The event, which starts at 7 p.m., is co-sponsored by the Library, Northshire Bookstore and United Counseling Service. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue at the corner of Main Street/Route 7A in Manchester Center.
Lindsay is the author of ‘RX: A Graphic Memoir,’ about her experience working in psychopharmaceutical advertising, and her subsequent hospitalization for bipolar mania. The book has received acclaim from Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Magazine, among others. Her comic strip, Rachel Lives Here Now, appears weekly in the alternative newspaper Seven Days, and has gained wide acclaim for its humorous take on Vermont-centric themes.
A powerful new voice in the mental health realm of the Graphic Medicine community, Lindsay has spoken about ‘RX’ at Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, the Miami Book Fair, Mount Sinai Hospital’s Icahn School of Medicine, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, among others. ‘RX’ is the featured book for US National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s mental health month.
The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds donated to UCS by Northshire Bookstore. For more information, call 802-362-2607.