NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
NAMI Vice President, Dr. Sheldon Jacobs, is a licensed marriage and family therapist living in Las Vegas. Dr. Jacobs is also the Youth & Adult Intervention Specialist at the Department of Child and Family Services. Dr. Jacobs has worked extensively with juvenile probationers, severely emotionally disturbed children, chemical dependency populations, and individuals suffering with severe mental illness. He has a passion for giving back to the community and helping at-risk youth.
In September of 2018, Dr. Jacobs went undercover as a homeless man here in Las Vegas. Mostly around the Fremont Street area, Dr. Jacobs spent 48 hours in the heat of the Vegas summer, panhandling, sleeping on concrete, and getting to know other homeless people in the area. Dr. Jacob’s documented his experience and put it into a memoir called “48: An Experimental Memoir On Homelessness.
In this episode, Dr. Jacobs tells us what compelled him to embark on this journey, the message he would like his readers to get from his experience, and how it has forever changed his life.
Get more information about Dr. Jacobs and his memoir at drsheldonjacobs.com. Proceeds from the book will go to charities including Project 4 Humanity, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, Caridad Las Vegas, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Nevada Homeless Alliance and NAMI Southern Nevada.
Original Air Date: September 20, 2020