Patrick J. Kennedy is a tireless advocate for change in the way we view mental health and addiction in this country, and an effective leader who personifies the best of this movement.
As former Congressman Patrick Kennedy has said, why shouldn’t people have “a check-up from the neck-up” along with their annual physical exams?
As Surgeon General, you can issue reports, but it takes somebody to lead in Congress, and I was really fortunate when I met Patrick Kennedy… When it came to issues related to mental health and addiction equity, Patrick was the leader in Congress.
Patrick J. Kennedy is one of the world’s leading voices on mental health and addiction. He works to unite government leaders, philanthropists, the private sector, and advocates in transforming our health care system to finally treat illness of the brain on par with illnesses of the body. Patrick is available to speak and consult on the following topics: the pursuit of mental health equity; the role of the Federal Parity Law; the need for health care integration; technology’s role in mental health care; brain health as an essential part of overall health; combatting the opioid crisis; a roadmap for a better health care system; national and state advocacy work; workplace mental health.
ABOUT PATRICK J. KENNEDY
“The real way to change attitudes is to change practices. Right now, we often wait until someone has a crisis before starting treatment for mental illness or addiction. But we don’t treat diabetes or cardiovascular disease that way.”
“A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction” details Kennedy’s personal struggles, as well as his bold plan for the future of mental health care in America.