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Suzy Favor Hamilton will tell her incredible story when she is keynote speaker for the 2017 Tri-County Annual Banquet.

Tragedy and Redemption To Be Featured In Banquet

A woman who set national records that still stand then turned to life as a Las Vegas call girl before finally confronting her mental illness will tell her story at the Tri-County Mental Health Services Annual Banquet Aug. 28.

Suzy Favor Hamilton was a NCAA champion track and field athlete and three-time Olympian. But hidden behind her drive for excellence was disabling anxiety, suicidal depression and bipolar disorder.

Favor Hamilton is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, “Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running From Madness,” which details her struggles while living behind the facade of an All-American girl who seems to have it all. Her story focuses on dealing with bipolar disorder and the often-disastrous consequences of misdiagnosis.

Favor Hamilton survived rock bottom and now seeks to educate and raise awareness of what untreated bipolar can look like. Besides her book, she works nationwide to show that management, recovery and a quality life can be achieved with proper diagnosis, medication and support.

The banquet will also feature awards to leaders and volunteers from Clay, Platte and Ray counties. Representing law enforcement, mental health professionals and citizen volunteers, these Northland residents will be recognized for their contributions to mental health, the battle against substance abuse and more.

The Tri-County Annual Banquet will start at 6 p.m. at Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, 777 N.W. Argosy Casino Parkway, Riverside, Mo., 64150.

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