The hunt is on for the person or persons responsible for the attack at the Boston Marathon. I have full confidence that the FBI will find who is responsible, and, now I begin to wonder. Will mental illness be a topic of discussion?
When we do find the individual(s) who pioneered the attack, we might have an opportunity for the door to be open for a discussion on mental health awareness. But, will we take it?
With all the emphasis on gun control, I’ve come to realize that mental health awareness is not being fairly addressed, nor will it be. Until, maybe now.
It is possible that the person(s) involved in the attack on Monday suffer some form of mental illness. If so, I can only hope we can use this opportunity to have a platform to discuss our current lack of funding and education on mental health awareness in our country.
Like I said, we have chances to discuss this issue, and we have unnecessary deaths that can potentially be prevented in the future, if we take a good hard look at the mental health history of people involved in atrocities like Boston.
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Last reviewed: 18 Apr 2013