After his father, Ted Kennedy, passed away, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy chose not to run for re-election in the House of Representatives so he could devote more energy to the issue that he cares most deeply about: changing the way we talk about and treat millions of Americans who suffer from mental health disorders.
Kennedy’s goal is to remove the stigma around mental illness and addiction. He chronicled how these diseases run in his own family in his memoir, A Common Struggle. And now, alongside Newt Gingrich and social justice activist Van Jones, he has founded an organization called Advocates for Opioid Recovery. The group’s goal is to provide millions of people with the medications they need to fight opioid addiction.
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