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July 25, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Fort Madison Public Library
1920 Avenue E
Fort Madison, IA 52627

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Joan C. Becker, "Sentenced to Life: The Mark Becker Story: Mental Illness, Tragedy, and Transformation"

Tuesday, July 25

In her book, Sentenced to Life, you will see how Joan Becker’s personal family experience served as the catalyst for her to become an advocate and public speaker for individuals with mental illness. Her focus is to open the doors and promote change in our mental health system Joan speaks regularly to colleges, churches, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) groups, high schools, communities, and mental health service providers. She lives in Iowa with her husband of 38 years, David Becker. They have three sons, Brad (Jackie), Scott (Nikki), and Mark. She and Dave believe God wants them to share their family’s story about Mark and the experience their family had of coping with Paranoid Schizophrenia in the hope that it will help other families, caregivers, and professionals understand how they can make a difference in moving forward and improving our mental health system.