“Okay boomer,” are the words you might hear if you ask someone under 30 to put in long work hours or take on more extra responsibilities on the job. Often (and not always accurately) called “quiet-quitting”, this social-media-driven trend encourages people to prioritize their own well-being over their job.
In the feel-good comedy-drama “Ted Lasso,” Jason Sudeikis often faces the British press as coach Lasso, positively explaining away his soccer team’s latest struggle. But recently, Sudeikis found himself standing behind one of the most visible microphones in the world in the White House Briefing Room. The topic? Mental health.
Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) recently shared his mental health journey when he checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for clinical depression. Fetterman suffered a stroke last year and has dealt with what he describes as a turbulent, lifelong journey with depression. He was advised to seek professional care.
For the second year in a row, mental health played a leading role in a State of the Union message delivered by President Joe Biden. One year ago, Biden outlined a four-part “unity agenda” that focused largely on tackling the mental health and opioid crises at a time of deep psychological suffering and the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
The “year of the rabbit” in 2023 began with multiple acts of gun violence impacting California’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Two mass shootings, first in Monterrey Park on lunar new year’s eve and then in Half Moon Bay have left people searching for answers. Traumatic events like these are all too common nationwide, and coping with them can be very difficult, especially for those impacted directly. At the same time, Asians are the racial group in America least likely to access care than any other group. It’s critical that we do everything we can to ensure that our AAPI community has the mental health support needed to cope with these events.
Socialization is a crucial part of child development, so when, in the midst of the pandemic, students were pulled from schools and forced into a new reality of online learning, it had an outsized impact on their mental health. More than a third of U.S. high school students report that they had poor mental health during this time. Now, K-12 schools in the United States are finding innovative methods to deal with the lingering impact.
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and in the spirit of breaking through the stigma and discrimination that keeps so many of us from reaching out for help, I’d like to tell you about my sweet nephew, Robert, and the impact his suicide had on our family.
It’s a startling statistic: Nearly half of all lifetime mental illness cases in the U.S. begin by age 14, yet 79% of youth needing care don’t receive it. A new approach to youth mental health care in California care hopes to change that startling dynamic. The “allcove” program brings youth voices in order to create a “with, for, and by youth” experience.
Reducing stigma, bridging gaps, improving communication, and making care more accessible are required to ensure quality mental health care for all. To address these barriers, innovation projects across California, funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), are piloting various solutions. In Orange County, Be Well OC provides an integrated mental health system that breaks down barriers to lifesaving care. Be Well OC may serve as the future blueprint for communities across the state to provide universal access to quality mental health care.
On this Father’s Day, I’d like to ask something of dads out there. I realize Father’s Day is when dads are supposed to receive, rather than give. But I’m asking you to give yourself something. Because it’s critical. Give yourself a break.