NACA SHOWCASING ARTIST - NACA MID-ATLANTIC LECTURE SHOWCASE ALTERNATE 2015
May – Mental Health Awareness Month
Jason DeShaw is a cowboy from Montana and a national award-winning mental health speaker. He has toured as a professional singer and songwriter across the US, Canada, and Europe for the past 10 years, sharing the stage with national country music acts, and releasing five albums along the way. In 2010, after suffering a severe mania while on tour, doctors diagnosed him as having bipolar disorder and alcoholism. As he began to recover, DeShaw became an advocate for mental illness and recovery by combining his story and songs into a presentation entitled Serenity in the Storm. DeShaw speaks personally of his lived experiences, interwoven with the universal language of music that connects us all. Since 2013, he has presented at schools and other venues across America with his story that has touched countless hearts. He is the recipient of the 2014 Champions Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.