Patrick J. Kennedy
Former U.S. Representative (D – RI) and Founder of the Kennedy Forum
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008–and his brave openness about his own health challenges.
The son of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, Patrick decided to leave Congress not long after his father’s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases, pursue a healthier life, and start a family. In 2012, he co-founded One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration in brain research. In 2013, he founded The Kennedy Forum, a nonprofit that unites mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles, including full implementation of the Federal Parity Law. Patrick is also the co-author of “A Common Struggle,” which outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health and addiction in America.
He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy, and their five children.