NAMI Walk 2017

I will be walking again this year (either virtually or in person) with my friends from NAMI North Central at the 2017 NAMI Walk on Saturday, May 13, at Artesani Park near Boston, Massachusetts. Join us.

Donations to this important cause are greatly appreciated: http://www.namiwalks.org/participant/boblarsted


Bob


View Larger Map

Share
Posted in Fun | Tagged | Leave a comment

Talk in Groton, Massachusetts

Patricia and I will be speaking at the First Parish Church of Groton as part of the Mental Health Working Group of the First Parish Church of Groton’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Join us.

Where:
First Parish Church of Groton
Junction of Routes 40 and 119 · Groton, MA 01450

When:
Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:00 pm

Flyer

A free event open to the public.
Sponsored by the Mental Health Working Group of the First Parish Church of Groton

Bob

Share
Posted in Appearances | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NAMI Walk 2016

I will be walking again this year with my friends from NAMI North Central at the 2016 NAMI Walk on Saturday, May 14, at Artesani Park near Boston, Massachusetts. Join us.

Donations to this important cause are greatly appreciated: http://www.namiwalks.org/participant/boblarsted

Bob NAMI Walk 2016
Bob


View Larger Map

Share
Posted in Fun | Tagged | Leave a comment

PPAL 25th Anniversary Talk in Bellingham

Patricia and I will be speaking at the Bellingham Public Library as part of the Parent Professional Advocacy League’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Join us.

Where:
Bellingham Public Library
Community Room · 100 Blackstone Street · Bellingham, MA 01013

When:
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Flyer

A free event open to the public.
Sponsored by PPAL · Boston and Worcester, MA

Bob

Share
Posted in Appearances | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Boston NAMI GB-CAN

Bob and Patricia
Patricia and I are going to Boston to talk with NAMI GB-CAN.

Where:
Center Club
31 Bowker Street · Boston, MA 02114

When:
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Program will start promptly at 6:45 pm

Flyer

For information: info@namigbcan.org
A free event open to the public.
Sponsored by NAMI GB-CAN · Boston, MA 02114

Bob

Share
Posted in Appearances | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Through the Lens: Living with OCD and Anxiety

Torre Catalano says, “I Have OCD. This Is What It’s Like to Be in My Mind for 3 Minutes.”

As I was watching this, for some reason I was driven to check my blood pressure. It was OK.

Bob

Share
Posted in Fun | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NAMI North Central Mass

Bob and Patricia
Patricia and I will be speaking tonight in Fitchburg, Massachusetts at the NAMI North Central Mass Annual Meeting.

When:
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
7:00 pm

Flyer

Bob

Share
Posted in Appearances | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Anthony Rapp is Back in Massachusetts with “Without You”

I have my ticket and I’m going back to see Anthony Rapp in “Without You.” He is doing his one-man show from September 9 to 13, 2015 at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College just outside Boston. I encourage you to go and be part of something incredible.

I went twice in 2012 when he came to Massachusetts. I wrote about it here (below). His story and his message have stuck with me ever since.

Years later, I continue my life as Mark, still trying to live, while others live and thrive around me.

Bob

Anthony Rapp in “Without You”

Posted on June 20, 2012 by bob

I went to see Anthony Rapp tonight in Boston at his one-man show, “Without You,” at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University. It was incredible. I’m going back on Sunday to experience it again.

The timing of this is a bit serendipitous. I’ve been a huge fan of “Rent” for many years, and particularly of the character played by Mr. Rapp. There is something about Mark that reminds me of my own self and the relationship I have had with my daughter Patricia as she has struggled over the years. This week, I am finishing up my book, a memoir about those difficult times. Unlike “Rent” and AIDS, mine is about mental health, another difficult, but just as taboo subject. For some reason, “Rent” and Mark have found their way into its pages. Twice.

As I was leaving for the theater tonight, the UPS guy showed up with some new uncorrected book proofs. I thought for a second about bringing one and trying to figure out how to give it to Anthony — maybe he’d like to read it — to see how his story fits into ours. But I quickly dismissed it — he’s just an actor. He’s not Mark.

But as I sat there tonight, it occurred to me that Anthony, in telling his story, was doing the same thing that Mark had done in “Rent.” He helped us live as he watched others live. And in doing so, Mark (and Anthony) got to live, too.

Anthony was alive on stage tonight. In his music and stories, he brought with him those same feelings I’m drawn to in the “Rent” experience. Thank you, Anthony, for letting me live tonight, too.

Go. Live.

Bob

Share
Posted in Book, Contemplations, Fun, Show | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Kiva Wellness Center · June 16

Come See Bob and Patricia
A Frank Talk on Mental Health

Shining a light on mental health.

Kiva Center

Join us in Worcester as Patricia and I talk about our experiences in the mental health system and its effects on us. This talk is the first of a planned series of public conversations on mental health issues from a first-hand point of view to take place at the Kiva Center of the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community.

When:
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
6:00 pm

Where:
Kiva Wellness Center
209 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA 01604

This is a free event open to the public.

Flyer

Bob

Share
Posted in Appearances | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

PPAL Conference 2015

Friday, May 29, is the 2015 PPAL Conference in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Patricia and I will be presenting at a morning workshop. We hope to see you there.

This is a big deal for us. Two important milestones will be occurring. First is that continuing education credits are available for those attending the conference. Somehow this makes us all the more legitimate; maybe even more so than speaking with a class of Psychology majors at UMass Amherst in February. Second is that our talk is being translated into Spanish to make it accessible to more of the conference participants. This should be interesting. We are looking forward to a great day.

Bob

Share
Posted in Appearances | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment