Behavioral/Mental Health

Young people are suffering in record numbers, and therapists and addiction counselors are experiencing burnout. In 2022 alone, more young people will die from opioids than in the entire Vietnam War. The surge in depression and addiction we have seen during the pandemic and ongoing is a troubling trend and must be addressed. As someone who is close to completing their Addiction Certification and having worked with mental health patients, I have witnessed first hand behavioral changes among my own friends, family and coworkers, many impacted by the government policies of closing schools, businesses and community life.

When elected, I will:

  • Advocate for an increase in salaries and resources for counselors and behavioral support staff.
  • Help destigmatize mental and chemical health issues through community education and outreach.