Close to the beginning of 2012, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) announced the members of its new honorary advisory board, a panel of well-known names who’ve dealt with depression, bipolar disorder, or some other type of mental health issue in their lives.

At the time, members included Patty Duke, Marya Hornbacher, Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, Andrew Solomon, Greg Montgomery, and Jessie Close.

Now, the DBSA has announced two new members!

First up is Linda Gray Sexton, who has authored several books (including memoirs, non-fiction, and fiction) and is the daughter of late Pulitzer-Prize winning poet, Anne Sexton. Linda has battled depression, bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts.

Next is Congressman Patrick Kennedy, the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and, of course, a member of America’s own royal family, the Kennedys. Most recently Kennedy co-founded One Mind for Research, a national coalition seeking new treatments and cures for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain.

Congratulations to both worthy members!

Learn more about the DBSA Honorary Advisory Board.