Will the mass shootings like those in Santa Barbara, New Mexico, Colorado and Connecticut happen in Montana?
The sobering answer is yes, and we all have been forewarned by the events in the states listed above. Mental Health America of Montana, our mental health advocacy colleagues and impacted families are looking to find the right mix of education, prevention, early intervention, treatment and intrusive intervention that may save Montana families from the tragic pain and losses of those in other states and communities across our nation.
Two recent media reports (one a newsprint article and the second a TV interview) offer a glimpse into the struggle to find a plausible answer or answers that may prevent such a tragedy here in Montana. I encourage you to visit each and get informed. The
First, in the May 28 New York Times article "Why Can't Doctors Identify Killers?" Richard Friedman (http://nyti.ms/1mBHLMo) attempts to dispel the common myths promulgated by commentators and politicians and offer a plausible answer. The second is an Aljazeera Inside Story TV production with Ray Swuarez: (https://ajam.box.com/s/fn0w7wv63ia15tujzkvp), exploring the Santa Barbara mass killings and the issues surrounding our struggles to find effective answers to end these traumatic events.
We Montanans must act today to engage our communities in conversations that increase our knowledge base, identify community-based interventions, encourage our political representatives to support progressive mental health system developments and to ask our governor to support transformational strategic planning of our adult and children's mental health systems. We cannot afford to be asking the same questions as those posed in the media reports. Let's act today.
Mental Health America of Montana