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Expert: Treatment Could Prevent Shootings

Posted: December 28, 2012 at 4:23 a.m.

Rob Gershon, chief clinical officer at Ozark Guidance, left, speaks Thursday alongside Tom Petrizzo, Ozark Guidance CEO, during a public forum sponsored by Ozark Guidance at the Jones Center in Springdale.
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Rob Gershon, chief clinical officer at Ozark Guidance, left, speaks Thursday alongside Tom Petrizzo, Ozark Guidance CEO, during a public forum sponsored by Ozark Guidance at the Jones Center in Springdale.

The shooting deaths of 26 people, including 20 children, in Newtown, Conn., affected people across the United States, according to a mental health professional.

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So many comments on the gun control article, and not a peep here. Guns do not kill people any more than pencils mispell words. If we, as a society, continue to take a passive stand on mental health the tragedies will continue, particularly as technology advances. Too often, we agree that mental health exists but it is ALWAYS someone elses problem. I know a young man who was identified with mental health issues at a very early age, however treatment has been sparse/poor at best, primarily due to lack of insurance and lack of resources for children. Recently, he got to "celebrate" his 18th birthday incarcerated. His circumstance has been a repetative cycle his entire life. A cycle of trouble, acute/minimal treatment, trouble etc. With each passing year the trouble gets greater and the treatment options diminish. At this point it is a battle with who gets "stuck" with him....the ER or the jail. He exibits similar behavior to those making headlines, he has a huge family that has pursued every possible avenue with no progress-they are still stuck at ER vs. jail. There has to be a better way. Kudos to the seekers of change in the mental health world!! I challenge the gun debaters to jump on this wagon instead. They may find doing so will resolve the gun debate once and for all.

Posted by: melteri

December 28, 2012 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I am not real sure who's responsibility all the headshrinker stuff should be. Either way, "mental illness" is no excuse for the kind of crime we are talking about.

Posted by: Tankersley101

December 28, 2012 at 4:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mr. Tank, your comment shows that you have never known anyone who suffers from a mental illness. And I do mean SUFFERS. And it is not just the person with the illness, it is everyone who knows the person and what they have to deal with who suffer with mental illness. Mental illness is a health problem just like heart disease and needs to be treated and researched as such.

Posted by: RKJ

December 29, 2012 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

RKJ,

You ar emistaken. Don't presume to know me or who I know. You know many people that have seen of lot of violence. I mean blood and guts. "Mental illness" does need to be treated, just not used as an excuse.

Respectfully,

Tank

Posted by: Tankersley101

December 30, 2012 at 2:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

If we think the solution is armed guards in every school or treating the mental illness very early, we all must be willing to take the hefty tax hike those solutions require.

Posted by: colorysmom

December 30, 2012 at 8:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )