Mental Health is one of those topics that everyone wants to discuss directly after a terror attack or a major incident. Mental Health is also one of those topics where everyone claims to be an expert. Truth is America is experiencing a MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS at this very moment.
Please don’t nod your head and pretend you know what I’m talking about. You do that and you’ll start to look like our political class – their head moves, their mouths open, yet nothing intelligent comes out! Okay perhaps I’m being a bit over zealous out of the gate, or perhaps you’re being too sensitive. Either way what I need to talk to you about today is important – so I’ve asked Dr. Larry Richardson to join me on the show.
“I’m responsible for what I say, but I’m not responsible for what you hear,” says Dr. Richardson.
Why is mental health so important? And more importantly, why do many of our leaders bury their head in the sand and pretend that they have the answers for the next election?
Mental Health impacts every single one of us. Not one of us get a free pass in this lifetime. We are a country divided and in many ways a country on the brink – and not a good brink friends!
“America has always been divided, I don’t know why people are so surprised about the division – it’s always been divided along racial, cultural, and economic lines from the beginning,” says Dr. Richardson.
Dr. Larry T. Richardson has over 27 years of experience in the fields of mental health and addictions treatment. He currently operates a full time private practice behavioral health care business. He is currently a Mental Health Consultant for Jacksonville Job Corp and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dr. Richardson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Biology from Florida A & M University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from LaSalle University. He has conducted workshops, seminars, and training at numerous conferences all over the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.
When asked about the political ramifications of the election and mental health, Dr. Richardson said he would ask the following question to each of the political candidates. What type of plan do you envision in which every American would be assured of at least these 3 things:
- Can you insure the best possible healthcare and access to it without barriers – for everyone?
- Will everyone who desires have access to education that is in line with their potential and ambition?
- How would you insure that every American family or individual be entitled to safe and affordable housing?
“This country was founded on a lie and hypocrisy,” as Dr. Richardson goes on to explain how the origins of America were less than pretty!
Should be an interesting chat with DrBev and Dr. Richardson.