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Mental Illness and Stress: 20 innocent children did not have to die today

December 15, 2012
Mental Health Protective act

Mental Health Protective act

I am devastated with the tragedy of our innocent children’s lives lost but also cause we are not paying attention as a society not only to gun control but to mental illness in this country. We will always have people with mental illness that triggered by stress could become the most evil terrorist that any country can fear. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.1 When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.2 Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 — who suffer from a serious mental illness.1 In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada.3 Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.

Check the statistics are incredible!!

Source: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml 

 

In the following blog we can see the desperation of a woman and her fear to be attacked by her own son

“I am Adam Lanza’s mother”

Written by Liza Long, republished from The Blue Review

Friday’s horrific national tragedy — the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — has ignited a new discussion on violence in America. In kitchens and coffee shops across the country, we tearfully debate the many faces of violence in America: gun culture, media violence, lack of mental health services, overt and covert wars abroad, religion, politics and the way we raise our children. Liza Long, a writer based in Boise, says it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

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  1. December 15, 2012 8:40 pm

    Tragedy… horror… senseless loss… unspeakable pain, and then the tear driven question of broken hearts, WHY??

    A balance between the “right to bear arms” and protection from those who misuse this right to bring harm to innocent children, must be attained. A knife, a gun, by itself is not the “killer,” it is the person that uses a weapon that brings forth the tragic loss of life. We must look at CAUSE – what moves one to kill, as opposed to the EFFECT alone. Every BEING is born innocent of crime… what has life taught a child, a teen, an adult, that leads to killing the innocent? Prevention, support of a troubled child, a distraught teenager, a frantic adult, must be provided. Medication is NOT the solution… it has been shown to bring about other aberrant behaviors without necessarily correcting the initial difficulties. SEEK CAUSE… for only then will resolve be attained.

    As an educational therapist I have worked with many troubled children. When understood for their pain, when supported in their needs, when respected for their differences, CHANGE takes place. Positive transformations take hold. No longer is the child driven by frustration, confusion, and anger. No longer does the child have to lash out to feel a sense of power, no longer does the child feel hopeless in light of judgments and demands it may not be able to satisfy easily. Through supports that identify nutritional needs, guidance that is humanistic, activities that are creative and empowering, the child renews his/her sense of Self, all this WITHOUT medication, without harsh punishment. Look into the eyes of a young child… seen be the dreams, the love, yet present. When does it change? Why does it change? YES, WE ARE TO SEEK CAUSE..WE ARE TO BE PROACTIVE… and WISE ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND NEED… before it fuels destruction, tragedy and senseless killings.

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