City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
(This program will be held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar.)
UnSung Heroes is a compilation of stories written by heroes who have battled with the darkest parts of their souls–who have battled suicidal thoughts and attempts. They live a life under the stigma of mental illness with nowhere to turn. Each person rose from the depth of the pain to rediscover the joys of living.
The mission to eradicate suicide through lifting the stigma of mental illness is the foundation for this book. Take a journey with 34 courageous authors who honestly and bravely share their stories of pain, joy, and victory
Kristie Knights is the Founder and CEO of iRise Leadership Institute, a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3). It provides leadership training, educational resources, financial support, and awareness in suicide prevention. Kristie is the co-author of Inspired Entrepreneurs: A Compilation of Women’s Triumphs in Business and Life, Remarkable Insider Secrets From Women Forty and Wiser, and A Toast to Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, & The Hilarious. She is currently in the final stages of publishing a book titled: UnSung Heroes: Deconstructing Suicide through Personal Stories of Triumph. It will be released and available for purchase on Amazon December 14th of this year! It will provide a platform for those who have contemplated or attempted suicide to share their stories so they may inspire others to live. She has also written 100+ articles for a variety of web-based companies on self-growth. Currently, she writes for Inspiring Lives Magazine, SOAR to Success Magazine, and The Missing Piece Magazine.
Stories That Heal is a series organized by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania that highlights local authors who live with and/or have a loved one who lives with mental health conditions. Their stories of lived experience promote empathy, foster resilience, and uncover the truths about living with a mental health diagnosis. During each event, an author will read an excerpt from their book and a moderated Q&A will follow.
Please join us as we celebrate Pittsburgh literature and fight stigma!