What was he thinking…
Mayor Pete Buttigieg released a plan to combat addiction, mental health, and loneliness, but he warned that the president himself was part of the cause.
“I think that when you have national leadership pitting people against each other, telling some people that they don’t belong, and creating a general atmosphere of general chaos and just plain meanness, then of course stress levels go up,” he said in an interview. “And I think stress is a big part of what goes into health. So we can’t pretend there’s no health consequences to what’s going on in the White House.”
Buttigieg warned of an overall mental health crisis in America.
“This crisis of pain and despair is not one unique to whiteness; it is one that is distinctly American,” he wrote in a statement after releasing his plan.
“It matters to me as a member of the LGTBQ community knowing how many LBTBQ people and youth, in particular, are exposed to mental health challenges just because who they are,” he said in a video promoting his plan.
America’s addiction and mental health care crisis has been building for decades—due to decades of neglect by political leaders in Washington. Today, I’m proposing a new approach that tackles this crisis with the urgency and care it deserves. pic.twitter.com/U8F9DXJPC2
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) August 23, 2019