by: Dick James.

As many of my Constant Readers know, periodically I like to run a “guest” column. Well, this week our friend in the House of Representatives, Grace Napolitano, wrote a letter encouraging people to look out for each other – which is pretty important these days.

So, without further ado, I’d like to welcome our good friend representing the 32nd District of California…

Dear Friend,

I want to speak to you directly as we are in National Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is taking a great toll on our mental well-being. Fear and anxiety about this disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. There is NO shame in this at all. It is ALWAYS okay to seek help.

I encourage all to get involved, educate yourselves, and share resources with those around you. Together we can continue to build a movement and eventually live in a world where there is no stigma.

Take care of yourself, be safe, and God Bless.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “Talk With Us” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255. Veterans, press 1.


Sincerely,

Grace F. Napolitano
Member of Congress
32nd District of California