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Montana Country Singer Wins National Award

I am honored to be receiving the Lionel Aldridge Champions Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I could not be happier or feel more blessed and consider this to be great encouragement in my endeavors to share my story and songs of hope. Here is the news release on the award: Montana’s own country singer Jason DeShaw has been selected to receive NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lionel Aldridge Champions Award. This award recognizes an individual living with a mental illness who has exhibited courage, leadership, and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness. In selecting DeShaw for this award, the NAMI Board recognizes him for his efforts to be a voice for those who struggle with mental illness. DeShaw will receive the Champions Award at the 2014 NAMI National Convention this September in Washington, D.C. where he will perform for the attendees. Vice President Joe Biden will also be receiving an award that night. Thank you for being in my corner and inspiring me to keep rolling.


Warm Springs - Montana's Psychiatric Hospital

I had the honor on Friday of sharing my songs and story at the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs. The day before the show I was struck by a crippling depression which made me wonder if I could go on. With a little help from my friends, I chose to forge forth in spite of the heady fog and total self worthlessness that consumed me. My first show was at 10:00 AM in the forensic lock down unit which they call D-wing. Reminiscing Johnny Cash as the steel entrance gate closed behind me, I thought of the core belief my musical hero and I shared in common. Every human being has inherent value even in spite of mistakes they may have made however grave. It is in embracing our fellow man with our eyes and telling him that we are but fellow journeymen, that human connection transpires. Our roads of past may differ, but we are together in the journey forward. Together we were. I didn't pretend that I was feeling good; I shared with them that I was badly depressed. I let them know that I share the struggles they face on a daily basis. I saw my reflection when I looked into their eyes. And together we embraced recovery interwoven only by country music. It was a day I will never forget and my life will be forever changed by the residents and staff of Montana State Hospital. I've shared my story and songs more than a few times, but never to an audience that full of my brothers and sisters who share in this fight for our lives. People believe that mental illness is a matter of health. I believe it's a matter of humanity. Before I could begin to heal, I had to accept what ailed me and work towards recovery. Before society can heal, the whole must realize the value of its individual. -Jason DeShaw


Merry Christmas, my Friend

Howdy Holidays to You. Yesterday was Christmas in Montana. I spent many an hour in my rocking chair by the fire. It felt more like Thanksgiving as I reminisced and gave thanks for being healthy again. I rode the rodeo circuit in 2013 on a bull named bipolar. Bucked off often, it was your applause that enabled me to pick myself up and get back on again. It was the friends that I didn't know I had, that helped save my life this past year. Thank you for your love & support. I feel a song coming on...