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Patrick Kennedy to speak at event launching Scouting’s Mental Health Awareness badge

Patrick Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy

The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) will celebrate National Bipolar Awareness Day with a visit from former Congressman Patrick Kennedy at a public forum beginning 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

At the event, a Mental Health Awareness badge, developed by IBPF and being piloted in San Diego-Imperial Counties, will be unveiled and presented to the first group of Girl Scouts.

Kennedy will speak about mental health, stigma, and the need for ongoing brain research. A question-and-answer session will follow. He served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is predominantly known as the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The legislation provides millions of Americans, who were previously denied care, with access to mental health treatment. Now, Kennedy is co-founder of the One Mind for Research campaign, the next step in the effort to bring together scientists working in various domains of brain research toward a common goal.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is extremely limited. To make a reservation, e-mail areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org.