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Mental Illness and Mass Shootings: The Facts

Mental Illness and Mass Shootings: One thought, one part of the equation...and the Facts

Preface: The following sentiments were shared by me on social media, as I watched the horror of  the Parkland Schools shooting unfold. (I've written many times on helping kids deal with tragedies. Here is one such writing specific for school tragedies.) The visceral reaction was equal to what I've experienced each and every time I've seen the breaking news about similar such situations. First, my heart and prayers go out to all affected by the trauma and grief of it all. I know full well the toll this takes all the victims and their families. My mind always replays what I know to my core to be true, as a mental health provider and as an early childhood mental health consultant with an expertise in trauma...and it's all about taking a HUGE preventative step. This is only one part of the equation, but I believe it to be a significant one...here is what I wrote. It's time we work h…

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