From The Director

The New Year/Holiday Season is often a challenging time. But this year, amidst the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, restrictions and guidelines, evolving anxieties surrounding new vaccines and the long overdue racial reckoning, it is particularly important to care for your mental wellbeing and that of those around you. As Kobe Bryant said, “Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is an opportunity…to rise.”

In a December message, our CEO had some good advice: “Give yourself a gift.” LACDMH has recently launched the LA County Wellbeing Line, which has already served more than 1,000 County employees and frontline workers. It’s free and designed with you in mind. Confidential emotional support by trained listeners and wellbeing resource referrals are available now for any County employee struggling with grief, stress or just looking for more balance in life. This resource line is available 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and can be reached by dialing (833) 307-0509. Gift this resource to yourself and spread the word to co-workers.

Also, our LACDMH web resources are “always on,” from resources and guides related to COVID-19 to support for the holidays, plus an ever-growing collection of resources organized by topic. And our partnership with leading meditation app Headspace makes subscriptions free to all LA County residents.

I remain committed and excited about the opportunities ahead. My recent op-ed co-authored with State Senator Howard Stern in the Los Angeles Times outlines opportunities for major reform and improvement in the way that we care for the most vulnerable among us. 

We forge ahead into the new year with heart, grit, compassion and new insights – committed to creating a more fully connected County that supports the wellbeing of everyone.

Learn more about our mission at DMH to provide hope, recovery and wellbeing for everyone in Los Angeles County and beyond.

 

Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Los Angeles County
Department of Mental Health

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From The Director

Jonathan Sherin

The New Year/Holiday Season is often a challenging time. But this year, amidst the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, restrictions and guidelines, evolving anxieties surrounding new vaccines and the long overdue racial reckoning, it is particularly important to care for your mental wellbeing and that of those around you. As Kobe Bryant said, “Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is an opportunity…to rise.”

In a December message, our CEO had some good advice: “Give yourself a gift.” LACDMH has recently launched the LA County Wellbeing Line, which has already served more than 1,000 County employees and frontline workers. It’s free and designed with you in mind. Confidential emotional support by trained listeners and wellbeing resource referrals are available now for any County employee struggling with grief, stress or just looking for more balance in life. This resource line is available 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and can be reached by dialing (833) 307-0509. Gift this resource to yourself and spread the word to co-workers.

Also, our LACDMH web resources are “always on,” from resources and guides related to COVID-19 to support for the holidays, plus an ever-growing collection of resources organized by topic. And our partnership with leading meditation app Headspace makes subscriptions free to all LA County residents.

I remain committed and excited about the opportunities ahead. My recent op-ed co-authored with State Senator Howard Stern in the Los Angeles Times outlines opportunities for major reform and improvement in the way that we care for the most vulnerable among us.

We forge ahead into the new year with heart, grit, compassion and new insights – committed to creating a more fully connected County that supports the wellbeing of everyone.

Learn more about our mission at DMH to provide hope, recovery and wellbeing for everyone in Los Angeles County and beyond.

Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Los Angeles County
Department of Mental Health

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