“A Common Struggle” will be released on October 5, 2015

A Common Struggle

On October 5, 2015, Patrick Kennedy’s book, A Common Struggle, will be released. The book details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care’s history in the country alongside his and every family’s private struggles.

A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy’s private and professional narratives, echoing Kennedy’s philosophy that for him, the personal is political and the political personal. Focusing on the years from his ’coming out’ about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, the book examines Kennedy’s journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans’ propensity to treat mental illnesses as “family secrets.”

Patrick’s new book will be available for purchase at the 4th Annual Family Resilience Conference. He will do a book signing following his keynote address and audience Q&A.

Building Family Bonds Workshop

Building Family Bonds Workshop
The “Building Family Bonds Workshop” sponsored by Child and Family Connections, Inc. takes place on Wednesday, October 14th. For more information, visit their website:  http://www.childfamilyconnections.org

Mental Health & Wellness Symposium at Free Library of Philadelphia on September 14, 2015.


For more information this symposium hosted by the Mental Health Association of SEPA see the MHASP Advocacy Facebook page.

September 7 – 12, 2015 is National Suicide Prevention Week

Do you have questions about suicide prevention such as the following”

Is it possible to predict who will attempt suicide?
Are there any national efforts to address suicide prevention?
Has suicide been linked to anything beyond feelings of despair?
I’m worried that a loved one may be contemplating suicide. What should I do to help him?

To see answers to these questions, visit the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s website at https://bbrfoundation.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-suicide-prevention

25th anniversary of the ADA

Patricks speaks about the ADA

July 26, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Listen to what Patrick has to say about the ADA.

The truth about ACEs

Infographic: The Truth About ACEs by RWJF on RWJF.org

Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of NPR’s popular “Voices in the Family” radio program reflects on the “25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act” on the HuffPost. Dr. Gottlieb was also our 1st Community of Hope Award Recipient.

Education Week has published their 10th edition of “Diplomas Count”

Diplomas Count 2015-Next Steps: Life After Special Education examines the transition out of K-12 schooling for students with disabilities, who account for 8.5 percent of the nation’s 6- to 21-year-olds, and profiles five young adults who are currently facing this changeover.

After spending years in a special education system that carefully spells out their rights and the services they should receive, students with disabilities often find it daunting to contemplate their next steps after high school. Should they apply to college, look for a job, or stay in the special education system until they “age out” at 21? See Education Week’s press release about “Diplomas Count 2015” for more information.

The Child Mind Institute releases a new Children’s Mental Health Report

According to the report an estimated 17.1 million US children and adolescents now have, or have had in the past, a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and two thirds of children with a mental illness do not get treatment. You can view additional statistics and the full report on the Child Mind Institute website.

You also might want to take a look at their additional resources including a “Parents Guide to Getting Good Care“.

Stop Stigma with Science

Stop Stigma with Science logo
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will be running an awareness campaign.  You can participate in the “Stop Stigma with Science” awareness campaign by “liking”, “sharing”, “tweeting” or commenting on their social media posts. For more information or to download their “Outreach Toolkit” visit their “Stop Stigma with Science” campaign website.


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