Post-Newtown, Mental Health Advocates Have Their Say, Too

Even as the debate over gun control captures the spotlight in discussions over the response to last month’s massacre of children in Newtown, Conn., mental health advocates also are working hard to press for their reforms, as well. Michael Fitzpatrick , executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) met Wednesday with Vice President Biden’s task force on gun control, along with other leaders of the mental health community, urging action to strengthen and expand mental health care services. Biden has been leading the administration’s efforts to fashion a response to the Newtown shooting, the victims of which mostly were young children. NAMI calls itself the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for … Continue reading

Twitter Reaction to Newtown Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

I am monitoring the Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School shooting via various sources right now. The NY Times reports: The gunman, who was believed to be in his 20s, walked into a classroom where his mother was a teacher. He shot and killed her and then shot 18 students in the classroom. He also shot seven other adults, and then killed himself inside the school. Various news outlets identified the shooter as Ryan Lanza. The shooting ranks among the worst in recent United States history. Here’s some Twitter reaction on this horrific, horrific shooting: @kelly_carlin  I wish that mental health care was as accessible as guns and ammo are in this country. @7im Today is the day to stand up and say … Continue reading