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Help Us Continue to #ProtectOurKids in 2015!

In the new year ahead, Sandy Hook Promise's biggest hope is that we can keep parents and families from having to endure the pain of losing a child to gun violence.

Help us to ensure that our programs have the momentum to keep going strong in 2015 to #‎ProtectOurKids from the real threats.

Please, help us ring in the new year with hope and Promise. Donate now HERE and your gift will be MATCHED before the midnight deadline! Thank you for your support, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

The "Prisoner's Mental Health Discharge Planning Bill"

New York's Governor Cuomo has a bill on his desk that may be able to prevent similar shootings like the one that took the lives of two NYPD officers last weekend. 

In it, the "Prisoners Mental Health Discharge Planning Bill" requires prisons and officials to have a discharge plan in place that would set an appointment for the released inmate with a community program, ensure they had enough medication to last until the appointment, and adds parole officers to the list of people that can refer someone with mental illness for a hospital evaluation. 

Read more at this link for information on this bill and others that aim to address the link between severe mental illness and violence.

Your Gift Will Be Matched! Donate by Midnight on New Year's Eve!

What our tragedy in Newtown – and the many shootings since – have forced us all to realize is that these violent acts are not uncommon. They can happen to anyone, and they will keep happening until we do something to stop them.

Can you help us in our quest to create a safer world for our children? The clock is running and your gift will be MATCHED if you donate by the 31st!

This donation is 100% tax-deductible and would help us reach our year end goal to ensure we have the materials to meet the demands of supporters like you next year.

Click HERE to donate now.

7 Mental Health Resolutions for the New Year

From TIME, here are 7 mental wellness resolutions you can make in the coming new year. 

From managing emotional pain and boosting self-esteem, to taking action against loneliness and reviving self-worth after rejection, your mental wellness is of key importance to your overall health. 

Read more HERE to see how you can be more mentally and physically well in 2015.

The Success Stories You Haven't Heard

“We’re in really good shape to keep the momentum going. We have passed more gun laws in the past two years than we have in the previous 10 before that.”

As we head toward the end of 2014, it's important to remember the great strides we've made to #ProtectOurKids, and all people, from gun violence in America. From the historic passage of I-594 in Washington State, and a promising start to a similar initiatives in Nevada, Maine, Arizona, & Oregon, to California's passage of the first Gun Violence Restraining Order in response to Isla Vista, and $73 million in funding to prevent prohibited purchasers from buying firearms, supporters of gun safety and responsibility like you are being heard. 

Read more about the great strides that we made this year at this link.

A Look at How Domestic Violence Often Precedes Acts of Mass Violence

Here, from Slate.com, a look at how domestic violence often precedes acts of mass violence. 

The perpetrators in Isla Vista, Virginia Tech, last week's Pennsylvania shooting spree, the siege at the Australian Cafe, and of the attack on NYPD Officers in Brooklyn, all prefaced their crimes by acting out violently against women.

Read more at the link HERE to see why we must start taking gendered violence as a more serious warning of what may come. 

Nearly Half of Children in the United States Suffer from an Adverse Childhood Experience

A study from Hopkins' Bloomberg School last week found that nearly half of all children in the United States are exposed to at least one social or family experience that can lead to traumatic stress and endanger their healthy development."

These experiences are often called Adverse Childhood Experiences, and have long-term, negative effects on the health and well-being of children.

Read more HERE about what new programs in Baltimore are doing to help children find resiliency in one of the most violent neighborhoods in Maryland.

Washington's I-594 Likely Stopped Prohibited Purchaser at a Gun Show

Washington State's Initiative 594 likely stopped a prohibited purchaser from buying a weapon at a gun show earlier this month.

The organizer of the show hired 3 federally licensed gun dealers to manage background checks for the show on December 6th when one came back with a denial. The applicant had a warrant out for his arrest and was denied on that basis.

The new law successfully prevented the applicant from purchasing a rifle. We are encouraged by mounting proof such as this that universal background checks at gun shows and for online sales keep weapons out of the hands dangerous criminals.

 

Read more on the story HERE.