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SLO County supervisor opens up about struggles with depression

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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.

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