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Country artist to perform, raise mental health awareness

April 12, 2018

Campus Notes

Update: Jason DeShaw concert rescheduled for fall

Due to personal reasons, Jason DeShaw will not be able to perform Friday, April 27, at Saint Mary’s. DeShaw, a national award-winning mental health speaker and country singer from Montana, hopes to reschedule his performance at Saint Mary’s in the fall.

In 2010, doctors diagnosed DeShaw as having bipolar disorder and alcoholism. As he began to recover, DeShaw became an advocate for mental health by combining his story and songs into a presentation titled “Serenity in the Storm.” Since 2013, he has presented in theatres, schools, and psychiatric hospitals across the nation. He’s released five albums and shared the stage with national country music acts including The Oakridge Boys and Little Big Town.

DeShaw received the 2014 Champions Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an award that recognizes an individual with a mental illness who reduces stigma by “exhibiting courage, leadership and service on behalf of people with mental illness.” In 2017, DeShaw presented his program to clinicians and researchers at Harvard’s McLean Hospital.

Watch a video about DeShaw’s story.