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Event Overview:

In 2015, after 30 years of marriage, Jeff Zuckerman’s wife Leah experienced her first manic episode. A twisting four-year path begins with Jeff’s confusion and fear amidst Leah’s uncharacteristic — and undiagnosed — sleeplessness, grandiosity and rage. Leah is diagnosed with bipolar I disorder and, following her first psychiatric hospitalization, she crashes into a severe depression. As the cycle repeats itself, Jeff discovers deeper meaning from the ordeal, resulting in strengthened resilience and hope.

Please join us to hear Jeff read from his book describing his lived experience with facing and responding to his loved one’s mental health needs. There will be time for questions and we will also provide information about mental health resources in Cook County. It is essential that we all prioritize our mental health and stay connected with friends, family and peers. No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

Mental Health Resources:

  • 24/7 Crisis Response – Birch Tree Center – 218-623-1800
  • MN Crisis Text Line – Text MN to 741 741
  • Cook County Public Health and Human Services – 218-387-3620
  • Grand Portage Human Services – 218-475-2453
  • Sawtooth Mountain Clinic – 218-387-2330


This event is offered in partnership with: 

  • Cook County Public Health & Human Services
  • Cook County Higher Education
  • Cook County Wellness Committee
  • Grand Marais Public Library
  • Grand Portage Human Services
  • Grand Portage Health Services
  • North Shore Health
  • North Shore Health Care Foundation
  • Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
  • Violence Prevention Center

Author & Presenter:

Jeff Zuckerman

Jeff Zuckerman is a freelance editor and writer living in Minneapolis. He was an award-winning newspaper reporter, editor and university writing instructor, and for many years he directed the writing center at Walden University. Jeff was a reviewer of the seventh edition of the APA style manual and, over the past quarter century, he has read and edited more than 1,500 dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences. In an earlier career he was a social worker with migrant farmworkers and a community organizer.

A native of Pittsburgh, Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Penn State University and master’s degrees in social work and in journalism at the University of Minnesota. For the past several years he has volunteered as a support-group facilitator with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Jeff and his wife Leah have two married children and one toddler granddaughter, who delights them with her wry sense of humor and commitment to social justice.

Mental Health Awareness Month: When a loved one needs help, you need help – May 1, 2021 Article in the Star Tribune Written by Jeff Zuckerman

Registration Details:

  • This event is FREE, however, registration is required.
  • Immediately after registering you will receive the Zoom link in an email titled Your tickets from Cook County Higher Ed, please save this email.
  • If you are having technical issues when joining this event please call 952-237-3517 for assistance.


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May 19
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
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Cook County Higher Education

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