MHA Conference Speaker News: Patrick & Amy Kennedy

unnamedMHA is pleased to announce that former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy Kennedy, The Kennedy Forum’s Education Director, will be speaking together as part of our opening session on June 14th at MHA’s 2017 Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.

Patrick Kennedy is considered one of the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. While representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses. Since leaving Congress to devote himself to brain advocacy, he founded The Kennedy Forum, which provides leadership in the mental health community, and co-founded One Mind, a global leader in open science. He co-authored A Common Struggle, which outlines both his personal story and a bold plan for mental health in America. Representative Kennedy received MHA’s 2016 Media Award for A Common Struggle.

Amy Kennedy is the Education Director for The Kennedy Forum, providing consultation services that emphasizes evidence-based research and programming to facilitate policy change in the areas of education and mental health. She also sits on the Board of Directors of MHA. A New Jersey native, Amy has a lifelong interest in education policy, practice and politics. An educator by training, Amy has over 15 years of experience working in public schools in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and utilizes her experiences as a parent to promote the importance of social and emotional learning in the development of mental wellness for children and adolescents. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Education from Nova Southeastern University. As part of her training, Amy has also obtained certification as an instructor in the subjects of Science, English and History.

Amy and Patrick are the proud parents of four children and live in southern New Jersey.

MHA is excited to sit down with both Patrick and Amy on June 14 in Washington, DC for a conversation about addiction and recovery – and to discuss what they and The Kennedy Forum are doing to improve intervention, treatment, and recovery from mental illness and substance use.

Still haven’t registered? You can still take advantage of those early bird prices! Click here to register or visit

See you in June!

Erin Wallace
2017 Conference Director

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