Activities and Outreach

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Activities and Outreach 2018-09-18T14:09:39+00:00

Stories That Heal is a free monthly event featuring local authors who have written books about their experience–or a loved one’s experience–with mental illness.  Throughout the course of the hour, the featured author reads excerpts from their book, shares details about their life, and takes questions from the audience.  The fall season of Stories That Heal will take place at the East Liberty branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh located at 130 South Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15206.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Linda K. Schmitmeyer, Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness — 6:00-7:00 p.m.  |  Special Guest:  Steve Schmitmeyer

Featured Author:  Linda K. Schmitmeyer:  Linda’s professional life has taken her from the classroom to the newsroom to a PR office. Semi-retired now, she continues to work as a freelance writer and editor and adjunct university instructor. The career constant–the thread running through it all–is her love for writing. Linda has worked as a writing teacher, beat reporter, features editor, newspaper columnist, essayist, and blogger. She’s written on subjects ranging from the inauguration of a university president to the impact artificial intelligence has on our lives. Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness is her first full-length book. Linda blogs about her experience of raising a family while she and her husband worked through the trials of his mental health diagnosis. Her blog can be found at and her Twitter handle is @LKSchm.

Special Guest:  Steve Schmitmeyer:  Steve began his career as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force. Prior to being diagnosed with a mental illness, he worked for an international engineering society where he developed standards for the aerospace industry. Steve is an avid car enthusiast and collects antique boat motors and garden tractors. He continues to work part time as a metal coater. Steve and Linda live near Mars, Pa. They have three adult children.

Rep. Mike Schlossberg, Redemption — 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Author TBA

Stories That Heal is a free event, but registration is appreciated.


If you would like to be put on our mailing list to receive updates on the Stories That Heal author series, email Joel Richard at

The inaugural Stories That Heal series took place during the spring and summer of 2018 at the City of Asylum bookstore on Pittsburgh’s North Side.  Authors included Jordan Corcoran (Listen, Lucy; Write It Out), K. Rose Quayle (Look Left, Walk Green), Lindsey Smith (Eat Your Feelings), and Abeer Hoque (Olive Witch: A Memoir).