My Focus is on Mental Health Care

I don’t have words to explain how I feel about the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

I feel shocked.

Numb.

Outrageously angry.

I find myself asking questions that can not be answered, and I find myself crying every time I think and/or talk about this event.

While I feel strongly about the need for gun control to be reevaluated, my real focus is towards the mental health system, the field in which I am building my career.

This cartoon I recently came across accurately sums up my feelings. This is real life. And, in my opinion, this is why things like this are happening.

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The sheer inability to access mental health care is astonishing. Along with that, the stigma attached to receiving mental health care is a genuine deterrent for so many people.

If you had a broken arm, you wouldn’t think twice about seeking care from a professional. So, why then, is it so stigmatized to receive help from a professional when you’re mental health is failing you?

I have no desire to blog, tweet, or log on to Facebook. My life is good, but I don’t feel good, and I’d be doing you and myself a disservice if I blogged about my daily life while feeling this way.

Come on back in a few days.