Health Care
3:35 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Patrick Kennedy: Robin Williams’ Death Highlights Need For Mental Health Care

Former congressman Patrick Kennedy says the death of comedian Robin Williams shouldn’t overshadow the scores of other Americans who suffer from depression.

Kennedy says his heart goes out to Williams’ family: But yesterday Robin Williams was not the only one to take his life. There were 100 other Americans who successfully took their lives yesterday alone, and today there will be another hundred Americans who will successfully take their lives,” he said.

Kennedy has wrestled with depression and addiction. Since ending his career in Congress in 2011, he has become an advocate for treating mental illness like other illnesses.

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