Pete Feigal may not have any letters beside his name, in fact his degrees are all honorary. He is widely recognized as an expert in his field. He has spoken nationally over 1600 times in the last 8 years for high schools, colleges, prisons, corporations, churches, disabilities providers/professionals and police forces around the nation. He is the cofounder of ‘Tilting At Windmills’, a totally consumer organized and run theater and arts program. Pete has worked with the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control) in Atlanta, speaking about his insights with disabilities, has served for the last six years as the President of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Hennepin County (MPLS) affiliate, served on NAMI-MN’s State Board, is a member of the Minnesota Mental Health Education Network, serves on Mental Health Resource’s Board of Directors and The Crisis Connection and People Incorporated Advisory Councils, and with Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church’s Mental Illness Task Force. He also works as an inspirational speaker and artist for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In 2002 he wrote, directed and co-starred in a series of mental health public service announcement’s for the national anti-stigma organization, Peace of Mind, featuring ‘West Wing’ star, Martin Sheen. Pete also writes monthly columns on disabilities for many publications including Access Press, The Advocate, and Turtle River Press.
Pete has become Minnesota’s most active police trainer, working with the Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension organizing mental illness workshops for police, dispatchers, EMT’s, firefighters and jail staff around the country.
Just a few of the awards he has received- “2004 Advocate of the Year Award” from the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs, the “2004 Judd Jacobson Award” from Minnesota’s Courage Center, the “2003 Blue Cross/Blue Shield Champion of Health Award,” “National Achievement Award 2002” from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “2002 Consumer Advocate of the Year” Award from the MN National Alliance For the Mentally Ill, “Advocate of the Year 2000” Award from the Minnesota Psychiatric Society, “Minnesota’s Disabled Artist of the Year, 2000” from Very Special Arts of Minnesota, “Unsung Hero 1999” from City Business Newspaper, the “Jefferson Award” from the American Institute for Public Service, “Everyday Angel” from the Guild of Catholic Women, “Outstanding Achievement Award 2001” from Andrew Residence, and was one of the “Eleven Who Care” volunteers from MPLS’s KARE 11 TV in 2000.