An Expert’s Insight About Avoiding Mass Shootings

Hey folks! Frankly, I’m a little worn out when it comes to all the talk regarding mental health and violence, but I’ve just found a great article with information from Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. This man is something of an expert when it comes to researching mental health and violence, and I appreciate the information he was willing to share in this article!

I feel like there have been so many theories and ideas about this subject tossed around (really this seems to be a subject everyone has an opinion about) that I find it refreshing to see a point of view from someone who is well educated, understands many aspects about mental health, and is a leader in their field.

Having experienced a mass shooting recently down the street from my apartment here in Seattle I think it is important that we (as a mental health community) are aware of what our individual states and country as a whole plan to do in response to these acts of violence. There is a good chance the changes made will impact us (via healthcare or laws, etc.) as members of the mental health community first (violent or not), and probably as citizens second. I know it can be tough to stay informed with such a raging debate going on, and that’s why I wanted to share this particular piece with you.

You can find the article here, it is worth checking out!

Thanks!

 

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4 responses to “An Expert’s Insight About Avoiding Mass Shootings

  1. Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it with us! The whole gun-control debate always leaves me a little baffled. People (on both sides) are SO passionate about it most always turns into some mud slinging.

    • Constitutional rights are under attack (perceived or otherwise) across the board. I wonder if an attack on the 1st amendment or another major article of the BoR feeds into the notion of an attack on the entire BoR. But I don’t know of a major lobbying group that stirs the electorate or petrifies the House of Representatives over freedom of speech.

  2. Excellent – a well reasoned and balanced opinion covered all the issues.

  3. Great article. Thank you for sharing. I actually wrote a post about mental illness and gun violence…it seems people assume that one who commits any crime must be mentally ill. I don’t think this is the case at all. You can see it below if you are interested. Great blog btw. Followed.

    https://mentalparent.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/mass-shootersmental-illness/

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