California State Senator Lou Correa, Orange County joins Jennifer Whitney on our Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment. Courtenay Semel joins us to talk about her brand new future and helping teens!

Senator Correa joins us to talk about the need for Prop. 63 services, not just in Orange County, but also the importance of supporting services for our returning and currently residing troops.  “Party Girl” to “Psychology Girl”?  That’s what Courtenay Semel joins us to discuss, and what REALLY can help when you are on the path to recovery.  Courtenay shares her stories about growing up in the heart of the entertainment business in Beverly Hills, and her focus now on helping teens.

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Courtenay Semel

  • Courtenay was cyber bullied and suffered through her addiction publicly. After suffering through a loss, she realized that she needed to decide which direction her life should go. She then got her Masters in psychology.
  • She had all the money in the world, but it actually made her addiction harder to deal with. The access to everything is significantly increased and makes it hard to resist.
  • Her writing was what really helped her get through everything. She decided that she can help others through narrative therapy.
  • She suggests that parents talk to their children. Ask what is going on and how they can help.
  • NO one can change you. NO program can change you. You have to allow yourself to change.

Prop 63 Segments

  • Senator Lou Correa in Santa Ana
  • Orange County is one of the wealthiest counties in California, but there are a lot of new immigrants coming in as well.
  • Orange County has made a lot of progress. Fifty years ago we thought we could just not talk about mental illness and it would go away, but now we are more aware and open to treatment.
  • Continue the fight against stigma. Support the veterans and autistic.
  • There is no magic pill. We all need to work together to help people with mental illness.
  • One issue Senator Correa is very involved in is war veterans.  We need to make sure we are involved so when they come home, we can make sure they are integrated back into society smoothly.

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