Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month (“MHAM”) and is used to educate and bring awareness to the issue of mental health. During MHAM, Kantor & Kantor will share a series of blogs about various issues and topics related to mental health and highlight important figures and organizations within the mental health community.
We launch our blog series by sharing three short videos featuring The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy. The Honorable Mr. Kennedy represented Rhode Island’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until 2011. During his congressional tenure, he became one of the nation’s leading voices on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases, including he bravely shared about his personal battles with addiction. As a champion to end medical and societal discrimination against all mental illnesses, The Honorable Mr. Kennedy was a lead sponsor of The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”).
Two years after leaving Congress, The Honorable Mr. Kennedy founded The Kennedy Forum, an organization focused on advancing the current ideas, policies, and programming in behavioral health known to be effective, while shining a light on the solutions of the future. To learn more about The Kennedy Forum, please visit: https://www.thekennedyforum.org
On February 22, 2018, The Honorable Mr. Kennedy spoke at the Redefining Mental Health event hosted by the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (“GSPP”) at the University of Denver. He was interviewed by Dean Shelly Smith-Acuña of GSPP and a three-part video series was created about various mental health topics. Each video is under three minutes in length and we hope you will find them helpful.
Part 1: In part one of his interviews, Kennedy explores what his ideal mental health care system would look like and how it would differ from today’s system. Click on this link to view the video – https://youtu.be/gmO0MUEUj5o
Part 2: In part two, Kennedy describes the critical role of practical training in the mental health field and the need for greater support. Click on this link to view the video – https://youtu.be/agg5z7QnRPs
Part 3: In part three, speaking from the heart, Kennedy shares some words of advice for those facing mental health stigma. Click on this link to view the video – https://youtu.be/pJEUO-_51Q8
If you or someone you know have been denied treatment for any mental health issue, please call Kantor & Kantor for a free consultation at (877) 783-8686 or fill out our online contact form http://www.kantorlaw.net/Contact-Us.aspx. We understand and we can help.