Mental Health Advocacy Day in South Carolina is May 1st, 2013
Come to the Gervais St. steps at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia from 10am-11am to advocate for positive mental health in South Carolina. Sponsored by Mental Health America of South Carolina, NAMI SC, SC Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, SC Federation of Families and SC SHARE. For more information, contact MHA of South Carolina at www.mha-sc.org.
Mental Health America Mourns Victims of Newtown, Connecticut, School Shootings, Offers Guidelines to Help in Responding to Impact of Event; Calls for Action to Prevent Such Episodes in Future
Statement of Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (December 14, 2012)- Mental Health America joins Americans in mourning the loss of those killed in the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and hope for the full recovery of those who were injured and everyone who is affected by this horrific event.
At this point, we do not know the motivation behind this tragic and senseless act.
We do know that events like this will impact families, the community and the nation. Many may feel at risk and may experience feelings of anxiety and fear. Parents may be groping with how to discuss these and similar events with their children.
Mental Health America has developed guidelines to help Americans respond and cope with tragic events. To guide discussions about the shooting, Mental Health America offers the following suggestions for parents as they communicate with young people in the area and across the nation:
Unfortunately, tragedies like these are happening far too often in our society. Gun violence is taking too many lives. Mourning and expression of sympathies cannot be our only response. It is time to recognize that guns and gun violence are major public health problems and we need to desperately enact sound public policy that seriously addresses gun control and limits the number of available firearms in this country.
Tell Congress to Act to Avoid Sequestration: Protect Mental Health Programs from Automatic Cuts
On January 2, 2013, vital programs that benefit all Americans, including mental health and social service programs, will face devastating, across-the-board cuts of between 8 and 11 percent through an arcane budget tool known as "sequestration"unless Congress acts to prevent them.
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