We cannot expect mental health services simply to muddle along with no clear sense of what is required, and sleepwalk into the future. If we do so, we will be failing all those who in the future need mental health care and their families, as well as the staff who work in mental health services. “Our Inquiry found that the case for more preventative work is undeniable. Lacking a ‘cure’ for mental illness , a reduction in the number of people across the UK developing mental disorders appears to us to be the only way that mental health services will adequately cope with demand in 20-30 years’ time.
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Gun Control: Turning to Mental Health Instead of Hopelessness
The shooter, Aaron Alexis, passed the federal background check and used an ordinary shotgun. The weapon, in fact, was the type of firearm that Vice President Joe Biden owns and earlier this year enthusiastically recommended for home defense. Requiring universal background checks makes sense. Currently, sales by federally licensed gun dealers go through a computerized FBI screening system; private sales do not.
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