May 10, 2017

Patrick J. Kennedy Media Highlights


February 4, 2015 – Satcher-Kennedy: How to fix mental health system

Dr. David Satcher and Patrick J. Kennedy discuss the prevalence of mental health conditions in America, President Kennedy and the Surgeon General’s efforts to bring mental illness and treatment for those suffering to the forefront, and the partnership between the Kennedy Forum and the Morehouse School of Medicine to ensure the best possible mental well-being for every American.

July 24, 2015 – Patrick Kennedy for the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Patrick Kennedy speaks out for mental health, saying that it is “a medical civil rights issue” and issuing a call to reframe the disability rights movement to include all people with disabilities – both visible and invisible.

October 4, 2015 – Patrick Kennedy Breaks the Silence

Patrick opens up to CBS 60 minutes about his family’s history of addiction – including his own – in an effort to help others. He explains that mental illness and addiction are medical issues, not moral issues or character flaws, and should be treated with the same urgency as cancer and heart disease.

October 5, 2015 – Patrick Kennedy shares secret family struggles in “A Common Struggle”

Upon the release of his book, Patrick discusses his own mental illness and addictions, and also looks at his parents’ problems with alcohol and his mother’s depression. Kennedy joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss why he decided to reveal the Kennedy family secrets.

October 6, 2015 – Patrick Kennedy Reveals Family Struggles in Effort to Raise Awareness

Patrick appears on NBC Nightly News for a candid discussion about alcoholism, mental health, and family.

October 6, 2015 – Patrick Kennedy fighting stigma surrounding addiction

Patrick discusses his book and why he’s leading a political movement to make mental health part of the national conversation on Fox News.

October 2015 – The Axe Files with David Axelrod, Episode 46: Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy chats with David Axelrod about growing up in the Kennedy family, his battle with mental illness and addiction, his new book “A Common Struggle” and more.

January 13 2016 – Architects of Change: Patrick Kennedy on the Politics of Mental Illness

Patrick Kennedy sits down with his cousin Maria Shriver for a conversation about the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, brain science and insurance coverage for mental health and addiction issues.

June 19, 2016 – Access to mental health services after Orlando

When it comes to mental health support in the wake of tragedies like the massacre in Orlando, there are few resources available. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy calls for change.

June 28, 2016 – Gingrich, Kennedy and Jones: Treat America’s Opioid Epidemic With Medication

Patrick Kennedy, Newt Gingrich and Van Jones discuss the launch of Advocates for Opioid Recovery (AOR), a bipartisan advocacy organization established to work to break down barriers to effective addiction treatment, so those suffering with this disease and want help can receive treatment that works.

October 13, 2016 – A Kennedy fights for those with addiction, mental illness

Patrick Kennedy sat down to speak with Seattle’s state hospital association to discuss his own struggle with addiction and mental illness, and the stigma that still exists around the discussion and effective treatment of those living with those diseases.

November 17, 2016 – Dr. Oz and co-authors’ plea to Donald Trump

Patrick Kennedy urges President-elect Trump to focus the new administration’s energy and resources on addressing the public health crisis plaguing our country’s citizens: addiction – and, in particular, opioid addiction.

March 11, 2017 – Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy on the Weight of Mental Illness

Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy sit down with Philip Galanes of the New York Times to discuss mental illness, the stigma surrounding addiction, and the importance of talking about the disease of addiction, especially with those we love.

May 2, 2017 – State of Mind: Meet our experts

“CBS Evening News” turned to leading experts in medicine and government for their perspectives on the mental health issues of the day.