COVID: The Mental Health Crisis – A Talk with Andrew Solomon


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - Friday, July 10, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Bedford Playhouse is thrilled to have prolific writer, Andrew Solomon, host a mental health presentation in regards to the recent COVID-19 situation on Tuesday July 7th at 8pm. Titled, COVID: The Mental Health Crisis, Mr. Solomon will speak to about this important topic via Zoom, followed by a Q&A with Playhouse Founder Sarah Long.

Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBTQ rights, mental health, and the arts. He is Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center, and a former President of PEN American Center.

Mr. Solomon’s book, the best-selling Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner, 2012), tells the stories of families raising exceptional children who not only learn to deal with their challenges, but also find profound meaning in doing so. Far from the Tree has received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; the J. Anthony Lukas Award; the Anisfield-Wolf Award; the Wellcome Book Prize; the Books for a Better Life Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the Green Carnation Prize; the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Nonfiction; and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction. Following the publication of Far from the Tree, Solomon was also honored ith the Behavioral Health News Advocacy Award; the Felix Award; the Phoenix Award; the Elizabeth Boggs Leadership Award; the Thompson-Hine Diversity Achievement Award; and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Media Award. Far from the Tree was chosen as one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012, and a best book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle,, Kirkus Reviews, TIME, and; it has also been named a Book of the Year by the Economist, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and BuzzFeed. Far from the Tree has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish, with numerous other translations forthcoming. Far from the Tree, a documentary based on Solomon’s book, premiered at the DOC NYC festival in November 2017; North American rights to the film have been acquired by Sundance Selects.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - Friday, July 10, 2020
Times: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event
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Presenter: Bedford Playhouse

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