It matters because it is essential to the overall health of everyone. It includes promoting the well being of individuals and family members through prevention or intervening in the mental illness process which can include depression or anxiety, and substance abuse. Being in the people helping business as a professional counselor, I am committed to helping individuals to participate in their own recovery to change oneself. We can not change the past, but we can change the person it makes us.
California lawmakers must promote legislation that will improve the access to effective mental health services for people of all ages who have a mental health or substance abuse disorder. There are many paths we can take to get there but it begins with the in-depth discussion of the realities of the mental health issues people are faced with today and it should be followed by preparation for a strong action plan that can be of great use to the people. It doesn’t end here, this would only be the beginning.
I have always been committed to embracing behavioral health as a public policy priority long before I launched my campaign for the 78th Assembly District. That will not change.
Away from politics, I am a mental health professional. I hold a certification as a Trauma Intervention Counselor, master’s degree major is in Education [Counseling], I hold a Certification in Decolonization and I have been a Christian Counselor for more than 15 specializing in psychotherapy, narrative therapy, stress, anxiety, and other areas.