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Author Talk: Breaking Mental Health Stigma through Fiction

This program requires registration

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

91 spaces available

Join us in conversation with Cameron Kelly Rosenblum about her debut novel, The Stepping Off Place, a touching YA novel that explores friendship, grief, and mental health. A panel of local teen readers from The Depot will interview Ms. Rosenblum and Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz-Schwartz from Silver Hill Hospital to discuss the book and help smash the stigma around conversations on mental health. Audience members can submit questions in advance to Teen Services Librarian, Mia Orobona morobona@darienlibrary.org or through the chat the night of the event.

About the Author

Cameron Kelly Rosenblum grew up in Darien, Connecticut. She studied English literature at Kenyon College and earned a master’s in education at Lesley University. Her time as a teacher and children’s librarian inspired her to write for young people. The Stepping Off Place is her debut novel. Cameron lives near Portland, Maine, with her husband, son, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.

About the Expert

Elizabeth Ortiz-Schwartz, M.D., DFAPA is all about “giving adolescents and their families the tools to manage challenging behaviors, regulate emotions, better understand their difficulties, and improve their communications in order to set out on a different course.” She is the Service Chief of the Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill Hospital where she treats patients with multiple psychiatric diagnoses; borderline personality disorders; reactive attachment disorders; mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bi-polar illness; and co-occurring disorders.

Registration Information

This program will take place on Zoom. All registered participants will receive the Zoom link the day of the event. If you need help registering, please contact Mia Orobona at morobona@darienlibrary.org

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