During 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kennedy wrote and co-sponsored dozens of bills on issues related to
mental illness and improving the lives of people with psychiatric disorders. Also, he used his position and profile to raise
understanding of these disorders, including speaking openly about his own battles with mental illness and those of his family.
Staglin, faced with his son's schizophrenia, decided to take the issue of mental illness head on, raising over $750 million
for various charities, including co-founding the International Mental Health Research Organization, BringChange2Mind, and
the Staglin Family Music Festival for Mental Health (Psychiatric News, June 3, 2005).