Today on Heart of the Matter Elizabeth sits down with former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy. Patrick has been open about his addiction and mental health challenges and has learned how to navigate this deeply personal issue while also being in the public eye.
He was a co-sponsor of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a testament to his commitment to making mental health treatment accessible to all Americans. In 2013, he founded the Kennedy Forum, a nonprofit that unites advocates, business leaders and government agencies to advance evidence-based practices, policies, and programming in mental health and addiction.
Patrick Kennedy works tirelessly on behalf of all those who are struggling with substance use and mental health, and this episode gives great insight into the stories behind his struggles and recovery.
Learn more about Patrick Kennedy and his work at patrickjkennedy.net.
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Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed on Heart of the Matter are those of the podcast participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Partnership to End Addiction. We are also mindful that some of the personal stories feature the word “addict” and other terms from this list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, we strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion.