Mental health speaker, country singer to perform

Star Staff

Award winning mental health speaker and country singer Jason DeShaw will be in Miles City on Monday to perform in the Custer County District High School auditorium. His performance is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m.

DeShaw grew up in northeastern Montana, according to a news release from the Montana Primary Care Association. For several years, he has toured across the United States, Canada and Europe, bringing his music to a wide range of audiences. He released five albums in the past 10 years. 

Since he was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and alcoholism in 2010, DeShaw has advocated for mental health recovery through his program, “Serenity in the Storm.” His presentation combines his personal journey of mental illness with his story of recovery through songs of hope. Through his story and music, DeShaw speaks of his struggles and triumphs.  

He has brought his program to state hospitals, Veterans Affairs Centers, universities, law enforcement groups and more.

DeShaw received the Champions Award at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Conference in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2014. There he performed for mental health professionals from across the nation. The award recognizes an individual with a mental illness who reduces stigma by “exhibiting courage, leadership and service on behalf of people with mental illness.”

In March of this year, DeShaw presented his program to clinicians and researchers at Harvard’s McLean Hospital. He has also completed two Montana tours to more than 20 schools in addition to a tour of schools in Washington.

His program on Monday is sponsored by the Montana Primary Care Association.