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Resounds: Jason DeShaw

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Anna Paige

Jason DeShaw is a mental health activist and musician from Montana who has six albums to his name and tours extensively. Behind the scenes, Jason nearly lost his life to mental illness. He shares his story in schools, communities, and psychiatric hospitals across the country and received the Champions Award in Washington D.C. from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for “exhibiting courage, leadership and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness.”

In 2018, DeShaw launched a tour of Montana schools where he spoke in front of thousands of students, presented by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation and sponsored by the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at Montana State University and the Gilhousen Family Foundation.

DeShaw reflects on that tour, and of the many places he’s brought his message, and shares two previously unrecorded songs during his interview with Corby and Anna.

Anna Paige is a poet and educator and co-founder of Billings Area Literary Arts, created from a desire to connect writers to one another and grow the literary community of Billings. 
Corby Skinner is an independent marketing professional with an enormous capacity for assessing issues and creating positive, effective messages.
Ken Siebert began work at YPR in 1992 as a part-time, evening board operator. He was hired full time in 1994.