(February 8, 2013)—More than 300 students, faculty, staff and notable experts in the fields of mental health, public health, education and treatment responded to the call from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) to begin a campus and community-based dialogue on mental health and gun violence following the recent Newtown tragedy.
Academic Deans across all campuses and online-blended programs led the charge by inviting local and national leaders in the fields of mental health, public health, education, prevention and treatment to begin the conversation. If you missed any of the events, here are a few links to the audio recordings.
Just this week, as a further commitment to addressing gun violence, TCSPP’s National President, Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods, added her signature to a gun control letter along with 350 college presidents, and was invited to a press conference on Capitol Hill, spearheaded by Education Secretary Arne Duncan to demand congressional action to curb gun violence.
At the event, Duncan appeared with leaders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the United States Student Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and College Presidents for Gun Safety. In his opening remarks, Secretary Duncan said, “Congress needs to be forced by Americans outside Washington D.C. to do the right thing.”
It was 50 years ago on February 5, 1963 that President John F. Kennedy sent a special message to Congress about the state of mental health, which led to meaningful change in the way Americans view mental health care.
But much more needs to be done and TCSPP is leading the charge by not only provide real-world, field experiences for students, but to endure that we instill in them a sense of advocacy and purpose to bring about the much need changes in the field of mental health. Many of our students and faculty members are already working in more than 30 grade schools, after-school programs and colleges to train educators and counselors, and to help assess and identify at-risk students to help prevent these tragedies from happening again.