We experienced another tragedy recently in Isla Vista, California at the Santa Barbra City College. We’ve all heard the story of Elliot Rodger and most of us that have seen the story on the news have seen his “retribution” video.
I’m not going to get into the fray over gun rights.
I’m not going to delve into Rodger’s misogynistic mind-set.
What I would like to discuss is the need to address what has become an epidemic in our society. These types of occurrences are happening much too frequently. We can no longer turn a blind eye and say, “This will never happen in my community.”
It is my firm belief that we need to begin teaching about mental health as early as possible. Our children are our future. Teaching about mental health should be just as important as physical health. It is only if we eliminate the stigma associated with mental disorders and educate our youth that we will be able to see a change in the horrible direction we are headed in.
We also need to provide mentors for our at-risk youth. Too many of our children lack good role models, not to mention just someone to give them the attention that they deserve.
I may be preaching to the choir. But you the choir member have a voice. Talk to your local educators, legislators and community leaders.
Every time I watch the news and hear a crime story that has the term “mental illness” mentioned I hold my breath. My heart breaks whenever I hear of a life that has been taken. Something must be done. We can no longer be silent.
Will you join me?