Letter from the Editor
By Matthew Goldenberg D.O.
It is officially summer. The days are long, the kids are out of school and the supreme court is taking away rights for the first time in our nation’s history. Luckily, we live in California, where the state will protect women’s reproductive rights and have a national psychiatric organization (the APA) that is standing up for Woman. So long as the federal government does not make that illegal.
As mental health experts, our patients have a never-ending list of stressors. From the continued covid-19 pandemic, to the war in Ukraine, to the January 6th insurrection, to pending midterm elections, to a possible recession, inflation, gas prices, housing/rent costs, mass shootings… the list is nearly endless.
Our work is cut out for us.
However, I have confidence that the field of psychiatry will continue to support our patients and policies that improve the mental health and wellness of all our of neighbors. This includes finding ways to decrease firearm related violence.
This is why organized psychiatry is more important than ever. Dr. Shaner’s article this month shares how SCPS is making a difference through CSAP and how SCPS is getting its voice heard.
I am proud to be a member of SCPS and to work with my colleagues to use our skills, our knowledge and our privilege as psychiatrists to leave things better than we found them.
If you are on the fence about getting involved, I encourage you to join an SCPS committee, write into the newsletter and share your perspective or write Mindi a note to tell SCPS what we are doing right or could do better.
There is no time more important than the present.
Matthew Goldenberg D.O.
Acting SCPS Newsletter Editor