Her husband, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, stepped in to address a packed audience of UF students and Gainesville locals.
“I know all of you are disappointed that my wife is not here,” Carter said.
On his wife’s behalf, Carter spoke primarily about how prevalent mental illness is and why its stigma should be recognized. His ideas mirrored those in his wife’s book, “Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis.”
The event began at 8 p.m., and just minutes before 7:45 p.m., tickets sold out.
Carter has been out of office for 34 years. Despite not having the money or influence that comes along with a presidential title, Carter said he and his wife still travel around the world to educate foreign diplomats about mental health.
When they visit other countries, Carter said his wife always wants to start a conversation about improving mental health care.
“The main thing she wants to talk about is mental health, and she does it,” he said.
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