DBSA proudly announces two newly finalized keynote speakers for the DBSA 2013 National Conference: Congressman Patrick Kennedy and writer/activist Melody Moezzi. Kennedy is best known as the author and chief House sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, an act that expanded access to mental health services to more than100 million Americans. Moezzi’s writing credits include The Huffington Post, Ms., Bipolar Magazine, and a memoir, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, which is scheduled for publication by Penguin/Avery in August 2013. Moezzi and Kennedy join mental health expert and playwright/performer Victoria Maxwell and Priscilla Ridgway, co-author of Pathways to Recovery, to round out a group of prestigious and dynamic keynote speakers. In addition to the information about our speakers in the conference speaker gallery, be sure to check out DBSA’s latest podcast recording, featuring keynote speaker Melody Moezzi, who talks about her advocacy efforts and her personal experiences with stigma.