Point of View: Trauma services are a band-aid to the gun violence epidemic

Point of View: Trauma services are a band-aid to the gun violence epidemic

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Follow us on Facebook Hide caption A year ago, my daughter hid under her desk while seven of her friends were gunned down by an AR-15. My other daughter ran for her life from an active shooter. She ran again from an active shooter two months later at a shopping mall, and, just last month, she barricaded herself in a dark dorm room during an armed robbery. But, this isn’t an opinion piece about my daughters – it is a story about American youth. My daughters are only two of the hundreds of thousands of students deeply affected either directly or indirectly by horrific gun violence. They are two of hundreds of thousands who have heard the bullets and seen the destruction caused by military-style assault rifles and have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. They join those from Pulse, Las Vegas and Newtown mass shootings as AR-15 “survivors.” Last month, after hearing that three mass shooting survivors took their own lives, I am reminded that tragedy can strike at any time. Even before the widespread trauma caused by the Parkland massacre, we had a mental health crisis. In 2017, more than 30 percent of high school students reported they felt persistently sad or hopeless, and about 17 percent reported having seriously considered suicide. Logistically, Florida faces a woeful shortage of mental health professionals. More than 6 million Floridians live in a mental health designated shortage area. Florida consistently ranks among the lowest in the nation for total […]

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