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February 20, 2008
by Doug Edwards
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After the Virginia Tech shootings, we heard the usual speeches extolling that such a disaster wouldn't happen again. Well, it has, as have other mass shootings in recent months by people with histories of psychiatric problems. We certainly need a better mental health safety net in this country, but I wonder if all the mental healthcare in the world could prevent such tragedies. A major part of the problem is the widespread availability of weaponry and a culture that celebrates and glorifies violence and bloodshed. Do you think I'm on the right track here?

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I absolutely agree. As the mentally ill often have increased difficulty identifying and staying within existing cultural boundaries, might it be possible to build a platform that addresses optimizing mental health states for everyoneand benefits those most at risk, in particular? Campaigns against smoking and excesses in food are well supported. Why not a national campaign that addresses the dangers of guns and violence (NRA, notwithstanding)?

Doug Edwards

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Doug Edwards is Vice President and Managing Director of Vendome Healthcare Media’s Mental Health...