On Wednesday, October 5th, from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., former Middletown, Connecticut Mayor and Connecticut State Legislator Paul Gionfriddo will be at Asnuntuck Community College to discuss his book, Losing Tim: How Our Health Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia. Gionfriddo is currently President and CEO of Mental Health America in Alexandria, VA.

This is the third One-Book program at Asnuntuck Community College and the third time that the College has collaborated with the Enfield Public Library on this Program. The event will take place in Cafe II, and is open to the public. This program is coordinated for the College by Marilynn S. Turner, Professor of English.

In his book, Gionfriddo writes about his personal experience with his son Tim, one of the six percent of Americans with serious mental illness, and chronicles Tim’s journey from childhood through adulthood when Tim came to live on the streets.

From 1978 through 1991, Gionfriddo served as a full-time elected official, the first 11 of those years in the Connecticut State Legislature, where he held several leadership positions, including Deputy Majority Leader and chair of the Public Health Committee and Health and Human Services Subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee. For the final two years, he served as Mayor of Middletown, CT.

Gionfriddo was named President and CEO of Mental Health America in May 2014. He has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during his career spanning more than 30 years. In 2013, he was appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a four-year term on the 12-member National Advisory Council to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA.

Mental Health America founded in 1909 is the Nation’s leading community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Much of its work is driven by a commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated health, behavioral health, and other services for those who need them, with recovery as a goal.

Gionfriddo is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and lives with his wife Pam, who is CEO of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, in Lake Worth, FL. They have five adult children and two grandchildren.

This program has been supported in part by the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation, Inc.