The Kennedy Forum: Mental Health Discussion

State Representatives Steve Andersson and Anna Moeller recently held a roundtable discussion on mental health.

The roundtable was part of a discussion series started by the Kennedy Forum, which encourages community conversation on topics in mental and behavioral health. The Forum was founded in 2013 and is focused on advancing the current ideas, policies, and programming to improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness and addiction, and promote behavioral health for all. Hosting discussions is one initiative the Forum encourages to engage the mental health community and move forward toward meaningful solutions.

Andersson and Moeller centered their discussion on mental health, to talk about what more can be done to decrease the stigma around mental health and better provide for those dealing with mental health issues.

The event brought out a crowd of area service providers, educators, students and residents.

Representative Andersson has been a strong supporter of mental health both in the local community and legislatively in Springfield.

“While addressing mental health has improved over the years, there are still major gaps and deficiencies where we can advance,” said Rep. Andersson. “Everyone is somehow connected to mental health—through a personal experience or someone they know. If we talk about it and continue to make strides to limit the stigma around it, it will help.”

To learn more about the Kennedy Forum and their resources click here.

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