Call Me Crazy a frank and funny discussion about mental illness

  Friday, February 6, 2015 2:00 AM

Pittsburg, KS

Call Me Crazy a frank and funny discussion about mental illness

Joshua Walker will share his personal journey, which chronicles his life before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder to his current success and the ups and downs in between, in a lecture entitled “Call me crazy,” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University. The lecture, sponsored by the PSU Student Activities Council, is free and open to the public.

Walker, a professional entertainer with a degree in radio and television broadcasting, has been entertaining audiences since he was 8. During and after college, he worked for a country radio station where he perfected his style of entertainment. That led to the road where Walker served as the host of two national collegiate tours, “America’s Next Great Star,” and “Reality Check Game Show.”

Walker, who has bipolar disorder, began working on his presentation, “Call Me Crazy,” in 2011 as a way to advocate for persons with mental health issues. In his program, he uses interaction and humor to engage the audience in a frank discussion of mental illness.

“Call Me Crazy isn’t just something I want to do,” Walker said. “It’s something that needs to be done. I have the opportunity to use my story to change lives and inspire others. It would be wrong for me not to take complete advantage of that!”

Mental health experts say that one of the roadblocks persons diagnosed with mental illness and those around them face in the process of coming to accept their conditions is a societal reluctance to talk about mental illness. Walker said he uses “Call Me Crazy” to break down those barriers.

For more about Walker and “Call Me Crazy,” visit his website at

For more about the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, including upcoming programs, go to




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