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October 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Marysville-Pilchuck shooting: Fund and ‘de-stigmatize’ mental-health services

The articles on the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting share another gruesome reminder of the pain and anguish that Washington’s youths suffer daily [“5 Marysville school friends invited to lunch, then shot, sheriff says,” Local News, Oct. 27].

With the number of school shootings continuing to rise, we must act. The articles point out that Marysville-Pilchuck High School was recently awarded a share in $10 million in federal funds to improve mental-health services for students. Tragically, this money did not reach the hands of administrators nor mental-health specialists working with students in time to prevent this catastrophe.

Funds for mental-health services are absolutely necessary.  More important, however, are well-trained and effective mental-health and school counselor staff that can observe, recognize and intervene appropriately with youths and their families in addressing illness. Stigma around seeking supportive services for those who suffer with mental illness prevents our community, especially our youths, from reaching out.

We must continue to de-stigmatize seeking help for mental illness. This must be coupled with flooding schools and communities with more funds to hire and train qualified school counselors and therapist to prevent these scenarios from happening before they do. We must address the very real need to hold up our community through preventative mental-health care.

Eric Mann, Redmond

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