Op-Ed: Mental Health

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Update from the State Capitol

by Laura Friedman

December 19, 2019

 

For many of us, this holiday season will be filled with fun and quality time with our friends, family and neighbors. Against the backdrop of festive decorations and fattening food, many of us will have a break from the hustle and bustle of the year to enjoy and reflect on the parts of life that matter most. However, not all of us will be so fortunate.

For those dealing with challenges in life, the holidays can be exceptionally difficult. Among the many hardships and losses some struggle with this season, I wanted to take some time to focus on one in particular that affects far more people than most of us realize: mental health.

According to a 2018 study by the California Health Care Foundation, one out of every six Californians experience some form of mental illness, while one in 24 struggle with a serious mental illness that significantly impacts their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.