Susan Weinstein, J.D. Editor in Chief, Care for Your Mind
As Mental Health Awareness Month continues, we are again in the position of gun violence determining the conversation about mental illness. Friday’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School – where 10 people (2 teachers and 8 students aged 15-17) were killed and 13 were injured – shifted the conversation from raising awareness, cultivating understanding, and dispelling stigma to equating mental illness with violence. This shooting is a blow against our forward movement.
Why the blame on mental health? According to reports, the student – who was apprehended – had expressed suicidal intent in his journals.
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