Congressman Patrick Kennedy to speak at International Bipolar Foundation public forum in Del Mar May 22

Congressman Patrick Kennedy

On Tuesday, May 22, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Del Mar, the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy. At a free public forum, Kennedy will speak to the audience, specifically addressing youth — the next generation of leaders, about mental health, stigma and the need for ongoing brain research. The event will include a lecture and a Q&A.

A Mental Health Awareness patch, developed by IBPF, will be unveiled and presented to the first group of Girl Scouts.

Please R.S.V.P. to: areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org

Event is free and open to the public; seatng is extremely limited.

Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is predominantly known as the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This dramatic piece of legislation provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment.

Now, Kennedy is the co-founder of the One Mind for Research campaign, the next step in the effort to bring together scientists working in various domains of brain research toward a common goal.

Kennedy has authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act, the COMBAT PTSD Act, and the Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act.

Kennedy is a winner of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Distinguished Service Award, the Society for Neuroscience Public Service Award, the Autism Society of America Congressional Leadership Award, the Depression and Bipolar Support Paul Wellstone Mental Health Award, and the Epilepsy Foundation Public Service Award.

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1 Comment for “Congressman Patrick Kennedy to speak at International Bipolar Foundation public forum in Del Mar May 22”

  1. I recently did write after seeingyou on the Katie Curic show. But never did get a response. My husband who suffers with bipolar since he was 17. We had a good life until then. He was not taking his medication he went on the neighbor’s yard threw it. . He was arrested and placed in jail. I have not seen this man or spoken to him since July 25, 2013. I have no information about him. He his a loving husband, and a good father. After 36 years of marriage this is hard for me. We were forced to move. I am having a hard time to find a place to live because of this situation. They always say knowledge is important, but I feel the judicial system has failed with mental health. There should be no stigma passed on to someone who has mental illness. Drug addicts cause there own problems and they get more opportunity and attention especially on TV shows, by well known celebrities. We need to do more! I will not stop until this changes. I love my husband very much and now I will never have a life with him. They are going to send him to a place in Trenton, New Jersey and want to place him Greystone Hospital. The Law Enforcement needs to be enlightened about mental illness and how they treat
    someone who is ill. This went on with these neighbors for months and the police always harassed and verbally abused us.
    We need to make changes soon.

    Thank you.

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