Las Vegas resident Ivan Lopez, 20, recalls how he benefited from therapy in high school and how he wishes there were greater access to mental health resources for the youth in Nevada.
“I see my friends and other young people struggling with their mental health,” said Lopez, a casino worker at Caesars Palace and member of the Culinary union. “We were all going through the same thing. … We have to take this crisis seriously and make changes now before it’s too late for each kid and adult.”
Lopez and other members of the Culinary Local 226, which represents 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, are campaigning in support of Assemblyman C.H. Miller’s legislation to amend the Nevada Constitution to allow the state to establish a lottery system, the revenue from which would go toward youth mental health and education programs in Nevada.