Patrick Kennedy's Mental Health Mission

Former congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy from Massachusetts, helped to pass the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in 2008, which requires larger insurance companies to cover treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders as they would any other medical procedure. Kennedy has struggled with bipolar disorder and addiction himself, and, embracing the issue, he co-founded One Mind for Research, an effort to coordinate brain research. In this interview, Kennedy talks about how the stigma of mental illness "adds insult to injury" and prevents people from seeking a diagnosis and treatment.

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