Karen Winters Schwartz
Novelist, mental health awareness advocate, President of NAMI, Syracuse
Karen Winters Schwartz is a writer, mental health awareness educator and the president of NAMI Syracuse (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She is a sought-after speaker at health association events and conferences across the country.
She is also the author of three novels that focus on mental illness and how it affects families and communities.
Her widely praised novel, Reis’s Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia was released by Goodman Beck Publishing in the spring of 2012. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family’s Journey Through Bipolar Disorder, Reis’s Pieces is not only an honest and engaging story but an advocacy tool, an educational tool, and a comfort to those dealing directly and indirectly with mental illness. Her newest novel, The Chocolate Debacle, is a mystery that deals with Schizophrenia and the mental health system.