Patrick Kennedy to Speak at USC Law on Monday

September 5, 2013

Kennedy will lead discussion on coping with mental illness on campus.

Contact: Gilien Silsby at (213) 740-9690 or (213) 500-8673 (cell)

WHAT: Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who has struggled with bipolar disorder and addiction, will kick off USC’s Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics discussion, “University Students Living with Mental Illness – Changing the Conversation.”

Kennedy, former U.S. Representative for Rhode Island and son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts, has spent the past several years fighting for services for people with mental illness.

WHO: Kennedy will join USC Gould Prof. Elyn Saks, USC law student Evan Langinger and psychiatry resident Michelle Wu to engage in a lively discussion about how they managed their mental illness through their university years.

University students who battle mental illness face unique challenges, said Saks, founder of the Institute, who highlighted her struggles and successes with schizophrenia and acute psychosis in her autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.

“Many try to hide their symptoms because they are embarrassed, confused or afraid,” Saks said. “Many are experiencing these feelings for the first time. We want to provide tools that will help them.”

WHEN: Monday, September 9, 2013 at Noon.

WHERE: USC Gould School of Law, 699 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, 90089. The event will be held in Room 7 (in the basement).

COST: Free. Lunch will be served.

FOR PARKING OR TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW WITH KENNEDY: Call Gilien Silsby at (213) 740-9690