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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter attends the Death Penalty Focus Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, on Beverly Hills, California.
For more than 40 years, Rosalynn Carter has been working to try to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness – a group she feels has been neglected and often stigmatized. In Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, Carter chronicles her work to further mental-health research. She calls for parents to instill confidence and compassion in their children at an early age to thwart sickness. But can mental illness be prevented? And, even though scientific breakthroughs are occurring, what stands in the way of better public mental health?
Rosalynn Carter, author, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, and First Lady of the United States from 1977-1981