Earlier this week the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, What Should America Do About Gun Violence? At the hearing, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) shared a story of the impact that mental health services provided in schools have had on his constituents in Minnesota. He went on to say that learning of the initial need led him to want to do more to ensure access for those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness but still lack the access to treatment and services.
Useful resources are available from the NYU Child Study Center on “Helping children with developmental disabilities cope with traumatic events“.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a wealth of resources available on trauma and they are continually adding more. One notable example is their publication, “Facts on Traumatic Stress and Children with Developmental Disabilities”.
Statement from the Autism Society: No evidence exists to link autism and premeditated violence. Suggesting otherwise is wrong and harmful to the more than 1.5 million individuals living with autism in the United States. Read their complete statement in regards to the alleged Newtown, CT shooter’s possible autism diagnosis.
Also of note, see the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) statement on media reports regarding the Newtown, CT shooting.
is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
Youth ‘Motivating Others through Voices of Experience’ (M.O.V.E.) National unites the voices and causes of youth while raising awareness, reducing stigma, and advocating for youth rights and voice in mental health and the other systems that serve them, for the purpose of empowering youth to be equal partners in the process of change.
In October Youth M.O.V.E. National (YMN) separated from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH) to become an independent non-profit organization. Youth M.O.V.E. currently has 30 chapters across 26 states and they are continuously expanding by initiating new chapters. If you know of a youth group that is doing extraordinary work and would like to be affiliated with Youth M.O.V.E. National they can fill out a chapter application.