Happy Graduate and Proud Father

My youngest daughter, Traci, graduated from Virginia Tech University this weekend with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. She maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average her entire college career, was awarded Summa Cum Laude in her class of more than 5,000 graduates, and spent countless hours working on a suicide hotline as a volunteer. She plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in clinical mental health counseling.

My son’s diagnosis and breakdown changed our entire family. I became an advocate for mental health reform. My son works now as a peer to peer specialist for a county diversion program that helps persons, who have mental disorders and are arrested, by getting them into treatment programs rather than having them languish in jail. And now Traci has chosen a career in the mental health field.

Along with her siblings, Patti and I are tremendously proud of her achievements.

About the author:

Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

Learn more about Pete.


  1. ClinkShrink says

    Congratulations!! On behalf of all the Shrink Rappers.

  2. I am not surprised that your children are advocates in the mental health field.  You are hugely inspiring and passionate about mental health and I am sure your insightful way of raising them was the driving force behind their hard work.  So glad to hear of your son’s success in helping people like him.  I have recommended Crazy to countless people and you have inspired me to be more vocal about the mental health care system in our country.  Well done, Traci, what a credit you are to your family.