A popular meteorologist and the son of a former Senator have rolled out their non-profit aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness.
KSTP's Ken Barlow and David Wellstone, the son of the late Paul Wellstone, are the leaders of the Wellstone-Barlow Mental Health Initiative. The pair met at a fundraising event for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
It was at that September event that Barlow first publicly revealed his struggle with bipolar disorder. He says he was inspired by the commitment of those at the event to de-stigmatize mental illness. Wellstone has wrestled with depression and post traumatic stress. Like his father before him, he has been active in promoting mental health.
After his revelation this fall, Barlow spoke about his disorder on TPT's Almanac show.