Behavior and mental health are major challenges facing our society. It knows no ethnic, regional or economic boundaries. Stigma that comes from an individuals condition cause people to suffer in silence, and society has been hesitant to discuss this issue in the public forum Behavior health conditions take a toll on the individual, his family and friends, his job, and the healthcare industry. Victims of people with mental health issues have suffered undo injuries.
Elected leaders can support mental health care programs, education and assessment programs and comprehensive treatment options for those who suffer fro mental health and substance abuse problems.
Local communities can work together with health care leaders and non-profit and organizations to ensure access to care, encourage businesses and employers to offer services to their employees, support insurance reimbursements, support school counselors and support society to begin talking about mental health and substance abuse and removing the stigma of mental health.
We can increase the conversation and discuss health issues in our society. Public education and awareness are needed. We must have a frank and honest conversation with family, friends and health care people. Community organizations and leaders play a key role in discussions at the local level. Elected leaders can work with these people on the local level.
I have supported Assembylwoman Catharine Baker’s efforts to handle mental health issues. Her efforts in AB 1893, AB 1971, AB 2193. AB 2333, AB 532, AB 2443 and AB 773 have my full support.