TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Friday's events at Sandy Hook Elementary sent shockwaves through the country. As we sat and watched on television, many of us wondered ‘how do we prevent an event so tragic?'
The answers aren't simple, but the field of mental health is a good place to start.
It was a scene of absolute terror and young lives shaken forever by one man's actions. The motives behind Adam Lanza's Friday morning rampage still remain unclear.
So far, no investigative body has produced any evidence of past mental health issues.
But, Lanza's actions certainly draw his mental state into question.
So, News 10 sat down with Missy Burton of the Hamilton Center to see the warning signs of violent behavior.
"Family members may see changes in behavior, withdrawal, anger, changes in mood, that something to be careful and to watch for," Burton said.
Burton said if you see these signs, it's important to address them.
"Maybe bringing in a small team of friends and family members to say you know how can we support you instead of saying look you need help," she added.
From there, Burton suggest finding the right counseling or therapy to best fit the needs of the person.
But going forward the problem of mental health in America isn't just diagnosis; it's the funding for programs to treat it.
"For younger people who are under 18, there might be a better funding source but a lot of times for adults there are not good funding sources," she ended saying.
While Adam Lanza's mental health history still has not been released, the fact remains that the scene of carnage he left behind Friday speak volumes about his anger.
And it poses a question for all of us:
Are we paying enough attention to keep that carnage out of our schools?
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