Patrick Kennedy, former U.S. Congressman from Rhode Island, quoted his late uncle when discussing the stigma facing the mentally ill during an interview with WGBH Morning Edition host Bob Seay.

Kennedy, founder of the Kennedy Forum, quoted John F. Kennedy by saying,  "we need no longer treat the mentally ill as alien to our affections," adding his uncle's quote accurately depicts society's stigma and how the mentally ill and those with substance abuse disorders are viewed today.

The  Forumis joining the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to launch  new public opinion research on the state of  U.S. mental health and advance a dialog on the importance of a holistic approach to patient-centered care that has a mind and body approach.

You can listen to the entire WGBH interview by clicking on the link above and learn more about the Kennedy Forum initiative by highlighting the Forum link.