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April 22, 2020

Congressman David Trone Hosts Conversation on Mental Health with Congressman Joe Kennedy III


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Congressman David Trone Hosts Conversation on Mental Health with Congressman Joe Kennedy III


GAITHERSBURG, MD – Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) hosted a conversation about mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak with Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04). The conversation is the first in a new series hosted by Trone called ‘Candid COVID Conversations,’ which will feature periodic discussions covering some of the most pressing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.


You can watch the conversation here. 


“I was honored to talk to Congressman Joe Kennedy today about the importance of mental health, especially during a time when so many are feeling stress and anxiety from the coronavirus outbreak,” said Congressman Trone. “In the past few weeks I’ve spoken with hundreds of people across our state who are wondering how to navigate this uncertain time. It’s more important now more than ever before to share important information and look out for one another so we can all get through this together.”

Congressman Kennedy is a national leader on mental health and substance use disorder issues. In the conversation the duo discussed the importance of mental health care during the coronavirus outbreak and the stress and anxiety that both adults and young people are facing because of social isolation and loneliness. They also touched on the impact the coronavirus will have on communities experiencing systemic inequities and the importance of access to broadband across the country. 

In Congress, Congressman Trone has made investing in and reforming the nation’s mental health system a top priority. Just last week, he urged Congressional Leadership to prioritize youth mental health in the next COVID-19 stimulus package, and held a webinar on Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Trone’s Freshmen Working Group on Addiction has supported dozens of mental health bills related to addiction. In June, he introduced the bipartisan Higher Education Mental Health Act, which passed the Education and Labor Committee. In November, he held a roundtable with first responders to discuss the urgent need for mental health care for those on the front lines. He has also pushed for mental health support for incarcerated individuals, introducing a bipartisan bill in February that would support mental health treatment for those in prison and returning to society.