Dr. Rick and Kay Warren, co-founders of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, today made the following statement regarding the Senate's passing of The 21st Century Cures Act:
"Mental health is a deeply personal issue for us because our son, Matthew, lived with mental illness for most of his life. We are so grateful that Congress passed the Cures Act, which invests in saving lives by addressing the opioid epidemic, cancer research, biomedical research, mental health reform, and the drug developmental process.
"Statistics show us that there are 60 million Americans living with mental illness. The Cures Act takes important steps for much-needed mental health reform and will ensure mental health programs are effectively serving people with mental illness; it will improve access to care for veterans, people who are homeless, women and children; and will promote evidence-based approaches to provide the best care to people in need. In hope of a brighter future for people living with mental illness, we are grateful."
Dr. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of the best-selling book, "The Purpose Driven Life," and Kay Warren, an international speaker, best-selling author, and Bible teacher, together co-founded Saddleback Church in 1980. Today it is one of the largest and most influential churches in America.
In 2013, the Warren's youngest son, Matthew, who struggled with mental illness for most of his life, took his life. Since then, the Warrens have dedicated themselves to raising awareness about mental illness, eliminating stigma, and encouraging faith communities to become safe and accepting places for people living with mental illness and their families. For additional information, visit http://hope4mentalhealth.com/.