Mental Illness and the Newtown School Shooting

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

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Mental Illness and the Newtown School Shooting

Mental Illness and GunsAfter the horrible school shooting in Newtown, CT, and the burial of the child victims of Adam Lanza, it is time this country has a national conversation about mental illness. We do not know, for sure, if Adam Lanza had a diagnosed mental illness. Various news reports indicate that he was a deeply troubled young man and that he had seen mental health professionals at various points in his life.

As a leading provider of trusted mental health information, we, at HealthyPlace, strongly feel it is important for every American to clearly understand:

For most Americans, their only real understanding of mental illness is watching “a crazy person on the news” after some violent crime has taken place or occasionally running into a mentally ill person who is homeless. As we all know, this is not the typical person living with a mental illness.

Included in the conversation, we should address:

  • the lack of funds for mental illness treatment
  • the stigma of mental illness which, among other things, prevents people from getting the treatment they need
  • whether people with severe mental illnesses should have access to guns

Several of our mental health bloggers express their thoughts on these issues. You'll find their stories listed further down in this newsletter. You can find comprehensive information on mental illness, mental health here.

Your Thoughts

What are your thoughts about how mental illness is being portrayed as a result of CT. school shooting incident? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

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Over 100 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.

As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Ten Activities To Get Rid of Anxiety
  2. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder, Seasonal Depression?
  3. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) Definition

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

We want to welcome Jessica Hudgens as the new author of the "Surviving ED" blog. On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Life with Schizophrenia: A Journey from Torment to Triumph on HealthyPlace TV

Sandra MacKay first experienced paranoid schizophrenia symptoms as a teen. Today she's an artist, author, and advocate. She discusses life with schizophrenia on HealthyPlace TV. Watch.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2012, December 19). Mental Illness and the Newtown School Shooting, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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