Saint Mary’s hosts country artist, raises mental health awareness


Saint Mary’s University will host Jason DeShaw, a national award-winning mental health speaker and country singer from Montana, for a presentation and concert (free and open to the public) on Friday, April 27, in the Page Theatre at 7 p.m.

In 2010, doctors diagnosed DeShaw as having bipolar disorder and alcoholism. As he began to recover, DeShaw became an advocate for mental health by combining his story and songs into a presentation titled “Serenity in the Storm.” Since 2013, he has presented in theaters, schools, and psychiatric hospitals across the nation. He’s released five albums and shared the stage with national country music acts including The Oakridge Boys and Little Big Town.

DeShaw received the 2014 Champions Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an award that recognizes an individual with a mental illness who reduces stigma by “exhibiting courage, leadership and service on behalf of people with mental illness.” In 2017, DeShaw presented his program to clinicians and researchers at Harvard’s McLean Hospital.

Watch a video about DeShaw’s story at

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at


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