Jason DeShaw to Share Story of Recovery, Songs of Hope
Montana country legend Jason DeShaw is the 2014 recipient of NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lionel Aldridge Champions Award. This award recognizes an individual living with a mental illness who has exhibited courage, leadership, and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness. In selecting DeShaw for this award, the NAMI Board recognizes him for his efforts to be a voice for those who struggle with mental illness. DeShaw received the Champions Award at the 2014 NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C. where he also performed for the attendees.
Jason DeShaw grew up a cowboy in northeastern Montana. Since 2003 he has been a professional singer and songwriter performing across the United States, Canada and Europe. DeShaw has released five albums and opened for several national country music acts. In 2010, he suffered a severe mania while on tour in Canada. Doctors diagnosed him as having bipolar I disorder and alcoholism. As he began to recover, DeShaw became an advocate for mental illness and addiction recovery. Since 2013 DeShaw has presented and performed on numerous occasions including: the forensic lockdown unit of the Montana State Psychiatric Hospital; numerous NAMI events; Montana law enforcement academy; Napa (CA) State Hospital; various Mental Health conferences; high schools and colleges; Montana Veterans’ Hospital and more. DeShaw’s story has touched countless hearts wherever he presents his program. Emmy award winning filmmaker Justin Lubke is in the process of filming a documentary on DeShaw.
DeShaw’s program is presented by NAMI Tri-County Illinois at the ICC Performing Arts Auditorium, Oct 8th, 2016 at 7pm time. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at ICC and by calling 309-696-1824. Ticket prices are $10 with proceeds going to NAMI Tri-County to help educate families, friends and those affected with mental illness to better understand and cope with this disease. Please share this information with anyone you think would benefit by hearing Jason’s music and heartfelt, personal story.
National award video clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW5j2jZjbe0 – 9-6-14/Washington, DC
Various Quotes re: Jason’s presentation
“I wanted to thank you again for the tremendous gift you provided to the community at our event. As I said before, it was the most moving and impressive thing I’ve ever witnessed in relation to helping people understand the essence and importance of mental disorders.” …. Dr. Matt Byerly, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
"I have never been so inspired to reach out and help others after watching Jason perform."
… High School Counselor
“He’s AMAZING. I learned so much from him.” … Mental Health Board Member