San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher‘s colleagues provided messages of assist Monday, someday after he introduced he’ll examine right into a therapy heart this week for post-traumatic stress, trauma and alcohol abuse — and forgo a run for State Senate.
“It takes braveness to hunt assist,” Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas stated in a Twitter publish. “Thanks Supervisor Fletcher to your management and for overtly sharing your private struggles.”
Supervisor Joel Anderson, in the meantime, stated, “My prayers exit to my colleague Nathan Fletcher and his household throughout this tough time in his life and I encourage all San Diegans who’re quietly struggling with psychological well being points to hunt assist.”
Sunday, Fletcher launched the next assertion:
“For a few years, I’ve been affected by devastating publish traumatic stress related to fight piled on prime of intense childhood trauma that has been exacerbated by alcohol abuse. Whereas I’ve shared a few of these challenges publicly, they run a lot deeper than I’ve acknowledged. Outwardly, I’ve projected calm and composure. Internally, I’ve been waging a battle that solely these closest to me have seen; the detrimental impression on my relationships, temper and incapability to sleep,” Fletcher stated.
“I’ve to hunt assist. With the advice of my therapist and the insistence of my spouse, this week I will likely be checking into an prolonged inpatient therapy heart for post-traumatic stress, trauma and alcohol abuse. I’ve little doubt I can’t solely make a full restoration, however will come again stronger, extra linked and current. Nonetheless, it’s clear I must give attention to my well being and my household and don’t have the vitality to concurrently pursue a marketing campaign for the State Senate.”
Monday, his colleagues rallied behind Fletcher.
“As public servants we have now so much to offer however we should maintain ourselves to serve others,” Vargas’ tweet added. “I’m certain that with the assistance of healthcare professionals and the love and assist of your loved ones, you’ll heal. We want you a swift restoration.”
Added Anderson: “Supervisor Fletcher and I share the identical dedication to supply psychological well being companies to those that want it most — together with the veteran group that he is part of.”
Anderson went on to approach, “The U.S. Division of Veteran Affairs estimates that 7% of veterans expertise post-traumatic stress dysfunction. It takes immense energy and braveness to ask for assist, so I’m happy with everybody who takes step one in getting their psychological well being on observe.”
As well as, Anderson reminded San Diegans that the county’s Behavioral Well being Providers Division has a confidential and free Entry & Disaster Line. It provides assist and sources on subjects together with — however not restricted to — alcohol and substance use assist companies, disaster intervention, psychological well being referrals and extra.
The ACL might be reached at 1-888-724-7240.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.