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Will you stand with Sandy Hook Promise and urge your senators to co-sponsor the Mental Health First Aid Act today?
The MHFA Act is key to expanding mental health first aid training to teachers, first responders, school administrators, and many more, in order to educate people on ways to know the signs, recognize a person in mental crisis, help someone access professional help, and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Violent actions don't usually come out of the blue – there are warning signs and ways to detect them. Knowing the signs and intervening to get people help benefits everyone, but it is especially important for those who may hurt themselves or others.
At this link, please ask your senators to support and co-sponsor the Mental Health First Aid Act now by signing our petition! #KnowTheSigns #MHFA
The mother and grandparents of 3 year old Michael Holzworth who shot himself in the face with his father's unsecured and loaded gun want tougher penalties for situations like these involving negligence and irresponsibility.
The boy's father was charged with reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, but family members are pushing for a harsher penalty.
The day before the shooting, Michael's grandparents dropped off gun locks to the family's home in Washington State after noticing that the father repeatedly left his guns out. In response he simply told them, "Michael won't touch it." #ItsNoAccident
Read more on the family's experience HERE.
Our hearts are with the Red Lake community today, 10 years after a 16 year old shooter killed 2 family members at home, and 5 classmates, a school security guard, a teacher, and himself at Red Lake High School.
It remains the largest mass homicide in Minnesota's history.
Read more about survivor's stories here.
Strong Regulations on Gun Sales Prevent High-Risk Individuals from Accessing Firearms and Can Reduce Violent Crime
“By expanding and strengthening policies designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, we can reduce the number of people killed each year by gun violence.”
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health, and the University of California, Davis looked at studies published between 1999 and 2014 on policies meant to prohibit individuals at high-risk for committing gun violence from acquiring guns, and policies meant to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited individuals and away from the illegal firearm market.
They concluded that strong regulations on gun sales do prevent at-risk individuals or prohibited purchasers from obtaining guns, and in turn, reduce violent crime rates.
Read more on their research HERE.
BREAKING: A gunman has shot at least 6 people in Mesa, Arizona in multiple locations and police are still searching for the suspect.
The first call came in to police around 8:30 am Pacific Time, and many buildings, including a community college, are still on lock down. Police are also urging local residents to stay inside.
Updates will follow, as this is a developing story. We send our love and prayers to the victims and the Mesa community.
Read more HERE.
SHP would like to thank Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy for this beautiful new addition to our Newtown office. We can't express how much we appreciate your solidarity, love, and inspiring messages.
If you're in the Delaware County, Pennsylvania area, please visit www.delcounited.net for information on how to get involved locally.
Sandy Hook Promise Commends Progress of Mental Health First Aid Act
Bipartisan act is a comprehensive, commonsense effort to help make our communities safer
Newtown, CT, Friday, March 13, 2015:
Sandy Hook Promise, a movement of almost half a million people that focuses on identifying and mitigating the causes of gun violence has commended the reintroduction of the Mental Health First Aid Act as an important step towards protecting children and communities across the United States. Sandy Hook Promise is led by several family members who lost loved ones in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
Mark Barden, advocacy director of Sandy Hook Promise commented: “Sandy Hook Promise has been a driving force behind the Mental Health First Aid Act since mid-2013 because we know early identification and intervention will prevent gun-related death and injury. We are grateful to Senator Ayotte, Blumenthal and co-sponsors for their leadership and conviction in reintroducing this legislation to Congress.”
The bipartisan legislation aims to expand mental health first aid training and help the public identify, understand and address crisis situations safely. Grants would be given for mental health first aid training programs for groups including teachers, first responders, police officers, school and college administrators, veterans, and nurses, among others. The bill also calls for protocols for initiating timely referrals to mental health services and emphasizes making training available in rural areas.
Sandy Hook Promise believe that education and awareness are critical for reducing stigma as well as ensuring that safety nets are in place to help those at risk of self-harm or harm to others, and advocates for a policy and programmatic approach to preventing the causes of gun violence, including mental health and wellness, in addition to sensible solutions around gun safety and access. A 2013 report on the Sandy Hook shootings made it clear that there were failures in identifying the shooter’s mental health issues and coordinating care and intervention around those issues.
Mark Barden continued, “If this legislation and training had existed before 2012, the Sandy Hook tragedy, where my son lost his life along with 25 others, may very well have been averted. We urgently need a comprehensive approach to gun violence prevention, which includes focusing on the causes that lead a person to access a firearm with the intent of hurting themselves or someone else.”
Gun violence, especially amongst young adults, often stems from anger and fear, which can be amplified by a mental illness, though the vast majority of gun violence is not committed by the mentally ill. Educating parents, teachers and students reduces stigma, increases transparency and stimulates intervention which saves lives.
Mark Barden explains, “Violent actions do not usually come out of the blue. People don’t just “snap” – there are warning signs, and ways to detect them. Knowing the signs and intervening to get people help benefits everyone, but is especially important for those who may hurt themselves or others.”
Sandy Hook Promise promotes and offers Mental Health First Aid training as part of its portfolio of prevention programs to protect children and communities from gun-related death and injury. The portfolio includes tools in the areas of mental health and wellness identification and intervention, social and emotional development, community connectedness and firearm safety and access. Sandy Hook Promise aims to give other parents and communities simple yet effective strategies that will avert future tragedies.