Guest Post: Thinking the Unthinkable After Newtown & Utoya

Today I found via Twitter the following honest commitment written by Liza Long a mum of four childrens, published in her viral blog –The Anarchist Soccer Mum -, and I will recommended this warmly to you. A mom’s perspective on the mental illness conversation in the USA. In my opion this is an import issue we have to discuss after this horrific tragedy. Read the full text, ‚I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother‘

Friday’s horrific national tragedy — the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — has ignited a new discussion on violence in America. In kitchens and coffee shops across the country, we tearfully debate the many faces of violence in America: gun culture, media violence, lack of mental health services, overt and covert wars abroad, religion, politics and the way we raise our children. Liza Long, a writer based in Boise, says it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

While every family’s story of mental illness is different, and we may never know the whole of the Lanza’s story, tales like this one need to be heard — and families who live them deserve our help. 

This is incredibly tragic to read, but this is also what people need to be made aware of. We need to improve the quality and availability of mental health care in this country. Not just for the sake of those who suffer, but for those around them. We already know all too well the consequences of failing to act.

Another story is the following about Janni written by Michael Schofield. He thought his young daughter was a genius, until he realised her bright mind masked an inner darkness.  Read the full text


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