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I had to write something on my blog. I can't get images of these children out of my mind. My son has even had nightmares at 14. A tragedy on so many levels, I only hope their lives are never forgotten.
I am clinical mental heath therapist and can tell you I've never been attacked or harmed in 25 years. Violence is not the norm in anyway when it comes to mental health. Unrecognized, untreated or under-treated symptoms and weak services are every bit as responsible for this tragedy, as are easy access to firearms and our social failure to fully fund and address mental health issues in the is United States. This really is not about looking backwards to blame but rallying to prevent future mass violence. We must looked forward for prevention
I only hope that this tragedy doesn't get cast away into yet another government committee or exploratory group to identify what can be done. This has already been done 1000 times. It is not a matter of knowing what to do to reduce the risks of mass violence or improve the mental health system in America, it is a matter of action and follow through. I would be glad to dedicate the next 20 years of my career to ensure best practices are enacted, reviewed, revised and continually improved when it comes to improving mental health services. Any one Presidents Obama's direct line?
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Reducing Mass Violence, Managing Mental Health and Preventing Future Sandy Hook Tragedies
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