I think we still have a long way to go as a society in understanding that mental health and physical health are actually one and go hand in hand. Our physical health impacts our mental health and vice-versa.

I wish, because I believe it would create such an amazing change for the US in a positive direction if this type of stuff were taught in high schools but as with everything else, America is reactive opposed to proactive.

There is always more to the story. My husband and I have had many conversation about mass shootings and violent crimes where I often remind him that people don’t just wake up one day and decide to do these things. There’s so many factors that come into play. This is why I feel so strongly about physical/ mental health awareness being implemented into education.

For now the best I can do is lead by example and I have had many conversations with my children about topics such as this. I appreciate you leading by example as well and making a point to bring it to the forefront of our attention.

Sometimes it takes one individual and others it takes a village but chances are most likely that village will follow a leader.

I’m not sure if you know but I have a PhD in Advanced Behavioral Science and had a career working in readiness and response with violent crimes. It’s a tough gig. I said my final farewell after my office was shot up in the middle of the night. I’ve written stories about some of my experiences if you’re interested in reading them.

As always, great story. I’m rooting for you.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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