Being a senior government official is a stressful job. It stands to reason that there should be a psychologist on staff who is able to treat people, help them sort through issues and flag potential problems. My brother is a psychology professor—I believe in the power and good that the discipline can do. We should be 100% confident that people in power don’t have severe psychological problems. This will also help reduce the stigma around counseling for those who would benefit from it, which is pretty much everybody.
Problems to be Solved
- Mental health issues need to be monitored better in the executive branch, all the way up to the President
- We should work on removing the stigma attached to mental and emotional issues that are commonplace
As President, I will…
- Hire a White House psychologist corps and require all employees of the executive branch to undergo regular evaluations to determine their fitness for service. The White House psychologist corps would report to the Chief of Staff.