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    Today's tragedy in Connecticut
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    Patricia Farrell, PhD posted:
    Once again we have been made aware of how much we need to let all those we love know that we love them. Twenty children went to school today and they won't be coming home tonight because of a very disturbed young man with guns.

    I know how upsetting this can be for all of us, not just board members, but the professionals as well and the first responders in Connecticut. It is almost too much to imagine, but perhaps some good can come of it.

    As I've always said, good from bad and I think that is true here, too. From the reports that are coming out, the shooter was a young man with serious mental health problems. I don't know if the area where he lived had adequate services, but I do know that this latest shooting points up the need for mental health services for everyone who needs them.

    The young man in Colorado also has a serious mental health disorder and now has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. So, if this event and the one today do anything good, let it be to highlight that mental health has to be a priority.

    Guns do damage and, in the hands of anyone with an untreated severe disorder of thinking, they are deadly. Gun control will be an issue in the coming days and I agree we need this discussion, but we also need to have a greater regard for the need of those in distress.

    If you have children who have seen the TV reports on this tragedy and they are upset, which many, if not all of them will be, reassure them that you love them and will protect them. Let them tell you what may be upsetting them and then offer reassurance, but hold back on the details. They really don't need to know all of it. It may be difficult enough as it is.
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