REAL Conversations about Mental Health and Mental Illness

Congregation Rodef Sholom invites you to a special lecture evening with Mary Widdifield and Elin Widdifield, co-authors of Behind the Wall: The True Story of Mental Illness As Told By Parents.

Speaking from their personal stories, Mary and Elin will share their experience from both sides of the wall – as a parent of a child living with disordered thinking and as a loved one watching from the outside in disbelief and confusion.

They will share consistent themes from their interviews with parents, including experience of chaos, grief, hope and recovery. They will provide us with coping and self-advocacy strategies for parents, and present ways that friends and extended family can support those with mental illness and their family members. The authors will also address hope, recovery, and the importance of faith-based support.

Co-Sponsored by Each Mind Matters


Congregation Rodef Sholom

170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903, United States


JoAnne Forman

[email protected]


Free and open to the public; please RSVP to [email protected]