Tagged: mental

Speaking for the Future: Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Offers Final Recommendations

Most readers will recall where they were when they first heard the news: “Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Leaves 28 Dead”. A wave of grief and horror poured over the American public as the news spread. “On December 14, 2012, one of the most vicious and incomprehensible domestic attacks in American...

DoD Review Says Washington Navy Yard Shooting Was Preventable

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) publicly released today its Internal Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting which investigates the events surrounding the September 2013 shooting, perpetrated by Navy contractor Aaron Alexis. The group tasked with the investigation, the Internal Review Team, specifically focused on examining “Alexis’ historical record...

Wolf at the Navy Yard: How Security Clearance Procedures Failed to Prevent Tragedy

When Aaron Alexis entered building 197 on the Washington Navy Yard and killed 12 people, families and authorities needed answers to address how such a tragedy could take place. A new report aims to point the blame for the event on a defective security clearance process. The report, “Slipping Through...

Trouncing the Triple Threat: Promoting Psychological Health with Fact Sheets on Disaster, Disease and Distress

The Uniformed Services University has collected resources to promote psychological health. These resources are intended for civilian and military communities. This compilation, titled “Disaster, Disease and Distress: Resources to Promote Psychological Health and Resilience in Military and Civilian Communities“, is meant to address the psychological impact of traumatic events. From...

Law Enforcement and Mental Health Efforts: A Vital Strategy to Protect Our Communities

In the wake of violence committed by those with mental illnesses, proper response has proven vital in saving lives and protecting law enforcement officers. The Council of State Governments Justice Center has prepared a report which discusses the way individual states across the country are now forming policies and community...

Access of Individuals with Mental Illness to Regulated Firearms

The Task Force to Study Access of Individuals with Mental Illness to Regulated Firearms, created during the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly, released a report this month examining “the links among individuals with mental illness, access to firearms, and a propensity for violence”. Input was received from various...

Talking to Children About the Shooting in Aurora, Colorado

Following last weeks shooting in Aurora, Colorado, many people might be wondering how to approach the sensitive situation of talking to children about the tragedy. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has just published an article titled, “Talking to Children about the Shooting,” which explains ways trusted adults can provide...

Parity for Patriots

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recently released a report titled ‘Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families.’ This report examines the mental health issues that our country’s service members and their families face, and what can be done about it. “The...

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

In a news release recognizing June as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued the following statement: “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 29 Americans, from our country’s service men and women to abused children and survivors of...