Patrick J. Kennedy to Speak at Georgia Southern University Monday April 1

Savannah, G.A. / April 1, 2019 – Georgia Southern University will host Patrick J. Kennedy for “An Evening with Patrick Kennedy – My Journey: Making Mental Health Essential Health” Monday April 1, 2019 at the Fine Arts Hall Auditorium on its Armstrong Campus in Savannah, Georgia.

Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (D-RI), lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, and founder of The Kennedy Forum and of, will explore the need for mental health equity and increased access to care through the lens of personal experience and an understanding of our complex political landscape.

According to its website, the event will begin at 7 p.m. EST and is open to Georgia Southern faculty, staff, and students, and to community members and health providers.

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About Patrick J. Kennedy:

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) is a lifelong mental health advocate and former member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He is the founder of The Kennedy Forum, a convening think tank tackling mental health and addiction issues and co-founder of One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration for brain research. In 2015, he co-authored A Common Struggle, a New York Times best seller, which details his personal journey and provides a roadmap for the future of mental health policy. Mr. Kennedy is pushing for full enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. He was the lead sponsor of this groundbreaking legislation, which requires health plans cover mental health, eating disorder, and addiction care health benefits the same way they cover physical health benefits. To learn about Mr. Kennedy’s efforts, please visit