On Tuesday, May 22, at the Hilton Del Mar, the International Bipolar Foundation will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who will specifically address our youth — the next generation of leaders — about mental health, stigma, and the need for ongoing brain research. A Mental Health Awareness badge, developed by IBPF and being piloted in San Diego-Imperial Counties, will be presented to the Girl Scouts.

 

Congressman Patrick Kennedy 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, which provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment. Now, Congressman Kennedy is the 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 of understanding brain disease and developing cures. Event is free and open to the public; seating is extremely limited. Registration takes place at 3:30pm; the lecture and Q&A take place from 3:30-5pm. Please RSVP to Ashley Reitzin. (858/764-2496, areitzin@internationalbipolarfoundation.org, www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org)