The shooting tragedy has many focusing attention on school safety and gun control, but many professionals and parents say instead, discussions should be directed at mental health awareness.
"Mental health issues can happen in any family of any socioeconomic or any variety. It's just something that we need to deal with as a community, and make sure we are compassionately there for one another," said Lynn Kyle, the Lampion Center Executive Director.
As many speculate about the mental state of the gunman in Newtown, Connecticut, mental health professionals say it's time to make sure those who need help the most, find it, whether it be medication, counseling or community support.
The mother who wrote the blog says she is "Adam Lanza's mother, she is James Holmes's mother, Jared Loughner's mother, and says in the wake of this national tragedy, it's time to talk about mental illness.
"Relatively speaking, these events are very rare, and by virtue of that very difficult to predict. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people who are struggling and having difficulties, and yet, none of them would engage in this horrific behavior," said Dr. Mark Boling, the medical director at Deaconess Cross Pointe.
While help for families varies through communities and states, professionals say it's time to turn to organizations or even law enforcement if you feel a threat exist.
"It's a time where we can come together, and maybe something positive of helping one another can come out of this tragedy," Kyle said.
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