Quantcast

SLO County supervisor opens up about struggles with depression - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News

SLO County supervisor opens up about struggles with depression

Posted: Updated:

San Luis Obispo County District 3 Supervisor Adam Hill recently returned to work following his very public announcement that he was battling depression and needed time away from work.

Since his return on February 27, KSBY had the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Hill who spoke candidly about his struggle

Hill says his depression has been something he’s been faced with his entire life. However, recent events in the last three years, such as the death of both of his parents and the stresses he associates with his job, have made it difficult to mask.

As a supervisor, he says he's constantly working to make changes to his district, but the changes he’s been working on recently are much more personal.

“It was weird to work on these things and not on myself,” Hill said.

Last month, a letter he addressed to KSBY explained he was taking time away from work to get a handle on his depression.

“I needed to talk about it and needed to be okay with me publicly saying, you know, I’m getting some help,” Hill said.

The announcement followed a Board of Supervisors meeting where Pismo Beach resident Mark Burnes said Hill told him to “f--- off” in a Facebook message.

“I allowed my own public frustrations or my own private frustrations and intensities become public so it became necessary for me to deal with it and admit publicly what I was dealing with,” Hill said.

He was off work for nearly a month, seeing a counselor for his struggles that he says included not being able to settle his mind or separate his personal life from work.

“It took more of a form of feeling outraged about certain things and having trouble sleeping has probably been a big problem that I’ve had,” Hill said.

Today, Hill says he’s giving his mental health serious attention.

“It's kind of like you go through your own exercises of getting your mind to feel good and to feel clear and to work on being patient,” Hill said.

According to Hill, during his absence, he missed two board meetings but didn’t miss anything that concerned his district specifically. As for his constituents, he says they need not worry about him as he continues his work as a supervisor.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, you can contact San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health at 1 (800) 838-1381.

Top Trending Videos

WEATHER
Doppler Radar
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Update

    Front Fire near Hwy 166 grows to 700 acres, 5% contained

    Front Fire near Hwy 166 grows to 700 acres, 5% contained

    Sunday, August 19 2018 11:34 PM EDT2018-08-20 03:34:00 GMT
    (KSBY News Photo)(KSBY News Photo)

    Fire crews are responding to a fire off Hwy 166 according to California Highway Patrols incident information page.  

    Fire crews are responding to a fire off Hwy 166 according to California Highway Patrols incident information page.  

  • Two sent to hospital after hit-and-run crash near Lompoc

    Two sent to hospital after hit-and-run crash near Lompoc

    Monday, August 20 2018 2:35 AM EDT2018-08-20 06:35:59 GMT
    CHP officials say two people were taken to the hospital after a reported hit-and-run crash outside of Lompoc Saturday night. It happened around 8:15 p.m. near the summit of Harris Grade Road. One of the drivers reportedly ran away after the crash. It's not clear if the two people injured were in the same vehicle. Each vehicle suffered major front-end damage, CHP said.
    CHP officials say two people were taken to the hospital after a reported hit-and-run crash outside of Lompoc Saturday night. It happened around 8:15 p.m. near the summit of Harris Grade Road. One of the drivers reportedly ran away after the crash. It's not clear if the two people injured were in the same vehicle. Each vehicle suffered major front-end damage, CHP said.
  • Inmate's death at California prison investigated as homicide

    Inmate's death at California prison investigated as homicide

    Sunday, August 19 2018 10:56 PM EDT2018-08-20 02:56:28 GMT

    CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the death of an inmate at a central California prison is being investigated as a homicide.    

    CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the death of an inmate at a central California prison is being investigated as a homicide.    

Powered by Frankly

© KSBY.com 2018, KSBY.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?