Can we please do something already?!
With Mental Health Awareness month tragically coinciding with SLO’s senseless shooting deaths, it’s obvious we’re beyond “awareness” — it’s time for mental health ACTION! If you’re so over the ‘thoughts and prayers’ broken record, start pushing for change. Newly sworn-in SLO City Police Chief Rick Scott said it well at Det. Bendetti’s funeral, “Use this pain so this tragedy be not in vain.”
Us Scoopers like to advocate for change at a local level, which can inspire change in a bigger realm. Start by emailing the Board of Supervisors asking them to add Mental Health Action Steps to their June 8 meeting agenda. Action steps include taking TMHA’s Mental Health First Aid Course, town hall meetings on mental health services, and encouraging business owners, schools and places of worship to become Mental Health First Certified, where we take mental health crisis training like we do CPR. Mental health should be a non-partisan issue – it affects us all. Even our BoS isn’t immune, with Supervisor Adam Hill tragically taking his own life last summer after years of mental health struggles. Hoping our divisive Board can put aside their differences and come together over this issue to spur change.