This community event, held on February 25, 2017 at Cambier Park in Naples, was once again filled with family fun, food, and entertainment. As Grand Marshall for this year’s NAMI Walk, Pete Earley added both his passion and energy for raising awareness to erase the stigma so often associated with mental illness in our society.

As a journalist and author of 11 nonfiction books, including four New York Times bestsellers, & six novels, Pete knows how to reach an audience. He is best known for his nonfiction book, CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, which was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. (The word CRAZY in the title refers to our current mental health system.)

Earley spent ten months inside the Miami Dade County jail where he followed persons with mental disorders through the criminal justice system & out onto the streets to see what happened to them. He has testified five times before the U.S. Congress about the need for mental health reform and has lectured in four foreign countries. He writes regularly for USA TODAY & the Washington Post about mental health issues. He is a lifetime member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness & in the past six years has visited 48 states to speak about why the incarceration of persons with mental illnesses is unnecessary & inappropriate.