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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.

A blog written by a mom who spoke very candidly about having a son with a mental illness has gone viral.

In her blog post "Thinking the Unthinkable", the mom says, "I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me."

She goes on to say she knows her son could be threat, but says she finds herself with no where to turn.

With millions who suffer with mental illness, local professionals say mental health awareness should be discussed.

"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.

To read more on what the mother wrote, click here.

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