‘Weathering Shame’ addresses stigma of mental illness

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Weatherman Kevin Mannix will discuss his new book “Weathering Shame” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m.

After delivering the weather for 26 years with WLBZ 2’s News Center, Mannix began work on a non-weather segment called “Kevin’s Story,” a series that addresses the shame often associated with mental health issues. The segment became so popular Mannix decided to focus less on the weather and more on his “Story” series.

The idea of a book started with his wife, co-author, Linda Rota, who has been a social worker for 30 years. In her work with patients, she sees a recurring theme around mental illness and alcohol abuse and the benefits of being able to discuss things openly. Although his wife had the idea for the book, Mannix found the inspiration and courage to pursue it from the kids he would talk to at schools. His discussion always would include the weather, but Mannix also would find ways to go beyond the weather and encourage the students to talk about their fears and shame. This generated a candid conversation about a variety of issues. He realized his personal journey of shame and stigma could benefit others.

“Weathering Shame” is the story of Mannix and Rota’s individual experiences of growing up surrounded by alcoholism, depression and suicide. They share their experiences, struggles and lessons learned. It is their hope that readers will benefit from their stories and find their way to recovery and peace.

“I have heard from so many who have read the book or heard me talk about it that it has helped them move towards their own journey of recovery,” said Mannix.

Books will be available for sale and signing for $21 cash or check. There will be time for discussion. Mannix will have resources for people who have questions. Call the library at 244-7065.

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