NAMI Says Mental Health Isn’t Responsible For Gun Violence

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the Uvalde school shooter had no known mental health issues.

At the same time, the incident was a mental health issue and at a time like this, mental health care is necessary.

Texas State House Speaker Dade Phelan also weighed in, saying, “Every community has mental health needs and they need to be addressed.”

Both Phelan and Abbott said there is an increased need for mental health care in rural areas of Texas.

Governor Abbott said people in Uvalde often have to go to San Antonio to seek help. Therefore, he is calling for a mental health facility in the region, as well as more staff.

But the National Alliance on Mental Illness said on Wednesday, “Mental illness is not the problem.”

The organization further said in a statement: “It is incorrect and harmful to link mental illness and gun violence, which is often the case after a mass shooting.”

It added that attributing these tragic incidents to mental health leads to discrimination and stigma.

NAMI says gun violence is the public health crisis here and calls “urgent” for “common sense approaches” to end gun violence.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can get help from NAMI at 800-950-NAMI. You can also text “NAMI” to 741741

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