Walls to headline Bellin Health’s LifeLines

03/26/2009

GREEN BAY — Jeannette Walls, a best-selling author, will be the featured speaker on Thursday, April 2, during the second of three Bellin Health LifeLines events scheduled for this season at the Weidner Center on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.

Walls’ presentation will focus on her memoir, The Glass Castle. It’s been a New York Times best-seller for more than two years, sold more than two million copies, been translated into 16 languages, and is being made into a major motion picture.

In The Glass Castle, Walls describes the challenges of growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town.

The story is at times harrowing and at times hilarious as she and her siblings go without food and indoor plumbing yet are encouraged to read Shakespeare and dream of the beautiful glass house they will all one day build.

Despite her hardships, Walls develops the determination to leave West Virginia on her own at the age of 16, move to New York City, enroll in Barnard College and eventually become a well-known columnist for New York Magazine, MSNBC.com and a television personality.

Wells’ book has been taught at universities in courses on literature, psychology, parenting, child development, and poverty.

The Bellin Psychiatric Center will offer a free online depression screening at the LifeLines event. A therapist will review screening findings with each participant, and if necessary, direct those in need of treatment to the appropriate services.

The final LifeLines event for the season is a Tuesday, May 5 presentation by Dr. Laura Berman: “For Women Only: Living with Health, Passion and Vitality at Every Age.”

For more information about the program, please call (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-TKTS.

For more information about the online depression screening, please visit www.bellin.org and click on the Services/Programs link. Follow the link to Mental Well Being (on the left) and click the Screenings/Programs link.