I am writing in response to the Nov. 19 Star-Exponent article, “Resources for depression don’t meet demand in Orange.”
The article goes into great detail on why there is a shortage of resources that help deal with depression. However, I believe that one aspect was overlooked.
Where a person lives dictates the opportunities a person may or may not have. Location determines the connections we might have with individuals and how many resources we have at our disposal.
This is very quickly mentioned by reporter Hilary Holladay, writing that “...living in a rural community such as Orange County, may face an extra challenge when dealing with depression.”
Due to its location, Orange County does not have the same support systems as a larger city, and as Gaddy says, “It’s very easy, with less going here, to isolate.” Because of this, many people are forced to operate under constrained choices. The option of getting help, or not, is due to the wait time, lack of accessible professionals, and price.
This idea that we all operate under conditions that are based on where we live is not far-fetched. I believe that instead of asking ourselves why Orange County lacks these resources, we should ask whether Orange County lends itself to improving the health of its people and attracting better resources.