Parents to Congress: Police no solution to mental illness!
As part of the ongoing review by lawmakers into mental health issues raised by the Newtown shooting, the House Energy and Commerce Committee talked with leading health experts to explore issues related to severe mental illness and violence.
The panelists discussed the treatment of mental illness and obstacles to seeking treatment for individual with the condition. They spoke about the most effective federal, state and local programs for prevention and early detection of severe mental illness in children and young adults.
The committee's hearing, titled "After Newtown: A National Conversation on Violence and Severe Mental Illness," included professional and personal perspectives from mental health advocates, physicians and members of victim's families.View here: http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Examine-Violence-and-Mental-Illness/10737438534-1/
Opening Statement of the Honorable Tim Murphy: “The common factor in many mass tragedies is an underlying mental illness. The lessons for Americans from the horrifying tragedy in Connecticut is that we had better take off our blinders and deal with such illness or we are sure to face the same problem again. It is not only what’s in a person’s hands that it's what is in his mind."