May 21 , 2019
Since 1949, the month of May has been "Mental Health Awareness Month." According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 18.1% of Americans age 18 and older suffer from a mental health disorder. That's over 40 million people!
Worldwide, 75% of people are not receiving any treatment to improve their mental health and over 1 million people commit suicide each year.
To make matters worse, there has been a dramatic increase in Active Shooter events in recent years, especially in the U.S. Just in the past month, an Active Shooter has taken the lives of innocent people at a synagogue in California, at a church in Maryland, and at schools in Colorado and North Carolina, just to name a few. These events are scattered across our great country, have claimed the lives of all ages and have taken place in urban and rural areas. As you can see, mental health disorders are prevalent throughout our society and does not discriminate in any way.
Unfortunately, the common theme to all of these fatal Active Shooter events are the indictors and warning signs that these individuals have displayed leading up to their deadly shooting sprees.
Please revisit our blog next Mon., May 27th, when we will detail the key indicators and warning signs that are always present before any type of violence occurs.