“We are devastated to learn of the horrific shootings in Peebles, Ohio and particularly the incomprehensible targeting of small children. Our hearts go out to the families and the community of Peebles. We have worked in many schools and communities in Ohio to prevent gun violence before it happens and know of the commitment of so many in the state to end this senseless epidemic.”
Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley co-founders, Sandy Hook Promise.
In a new op-ed in The Hill, Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley call on our Congressional leaders to pass robust mental health reform this year.
Nicole Hockley, the founder and managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit working to end gun-related deaths, began her talk by breaking down what “gun violence prevention” really means. In Hockley’s opinion, it doesn’t mean looking at only one aspect, but instead looking at the entire problem: guns and mental health and gun safety. Approximately 7 children die each day due to gun-related violence. In 2012, Hockley experienced this statistic herself as her six year old son, Dylan, was killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting. Yet even in the midst of her grief, Hockley chose to be hopeful, not helpless. Through their nonprofit, Sandy Hook Promise, Hockley and her colleagues hope to teach others how to recognize at-risk people in order to avert other gun violence tragedies. “The list of tragedies that could be avoided is endless,” Hockley explained. “We just need to know the signs, act on them, and prevent the next domino from falling.”
Nicole Hockley is the Founder and Managing Director of the Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit working to end gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide, and accidental discharge. The nonprofit is working to build a national movement of parents, schools, and volunteers committed to gun violence prevention in their local areas and on a national stage by influencing state and national policy regarding the issue. The Sandy Hook Promise advocates for mental health and wellness early-intervention programs, and sensible gun safety and storage practices to build more secure campuses and communities nationwide.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx.
“We are dismayed that this could happen in a school, especially one in a community as traumatized as Newtown. We commend the Newtown Police Department and Newtown Public Schools for their thoughtful handling of the arrest of science teacher Jason Adams for violating the law by bringing a weapon onto school grounds.”
Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden
Sandy Hook Promise
"Prevention must begin early to be most effective.
The reactive strategy of preparing for shootings has overshadowed attention to proactively preventing shootings and other forms of violence. Studies of mass shootings have repeatedly called for greater efforts to identify and intervene with persons in crisis before they engage in a shooting, a prevention practice called threat assessment. Threat assessments can be conducted for students in schools as well as individuals in the community."
Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution here: http://on-ajc.com/1P4u2s8
"Behavior is contagious. Studies have shown that watching someone yawn can make us yawn. Conference speakers who come after a nervous speaker can absorb the nervousness. Bad moods spread from boss to employee."
Read more: http://wapo.st/1LbPS27
Click here and sign to Make the Promise to protect children from gun violence in honor of Dylan's 10th birthday.
From a student in the Madison School District in Rexburg, Idaho:
"This is my experience with the "Start with Hello" project.
What I thought would be an insignificant kindness has turned into something much larger.
Today in my class, we were going to be playing a review game. Thinking of the campaign I thought, "Hey, why not?" I decided that I wanted to be partners with someone different rather than the same person I pair up with.
As I was trying to find someone though, it seemed as if everyone had already found a partner. Turning to the individual I normally pair up with, I asked her if she wanted to be partners. She responded yes. As we were about to begin, however, I noticed someone at the front of the class who was without a partner. Everyone else was paired up. This was a person who some would call " kind of awkward." I myself had never really talked with this person but that was all going to change. Without thinking, I said that this individual could be in our group for the game. When he joined I realized just how thankful I was that this individual was in our group. If I had been the only one left I would have wanted someone to accept me into their group. I was able to get to know him better as we played the game and I felt the IMMENSE happiness that comes ONLY from serving someone else. I feel as if my love for others has grown tremendously. I'm soooo grateful for this experience. If I hadn't asked him to be a part of our group I never would have found out what a great person he was and I wouldn't be feeling this soaring happiness right now.
As I continue in this week, I hope that I can still serve others and notice those who go unnoticed. I want to thank those people who came up with this campaign and gave me the opportunity to say "HELLO" and create new friendships and grow a greater depth of character. Thank you."