Mental illness generally refers to our emotional well being, or to the lack of mental disorder. It is the health of your mind and your state of mind. In America we have people that do not have a positive state of mind. The red flags are there.
In the case of Aaron Alexis, the navy yard shooter from Fort Worth, Texas. He was reaching out for help months and days before the shooting. The signs of his mental disease was slowly surfacing. For many who knew him were not trained and educated in psychotherapy. Aaron Alexis was a good friend and a good person to all that knew him. They were not aware and trained in the causes, influences and triggers of a person, that is experiencing mental illness issues. http://nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness
No one in the professional field spent enough time with Aaron Alexis when he reached out to them, because on the surface he looked and appeared normal. On the inside of his heart and soul, demons were creating a negative and unpredictable Aaron Alexis. His arrest record, indicated that there were problems.
America is out looking for and monitoring activities of terrorist and the villain exist here on American soil. America should monitor the activities of terrorist, but we should focus more on the people with mental health issues in our country.
We track terrorist and their activities. People with mental health issues should be in a data base and monitored regarding treatment or the lack of. Treatment should be documented in every case. There should be a mental health hotline to report unusable behavior of individuals that demonstrate signs of mental illness. Veterans should be monitored very closely for post traumatic stress disorder, while in service and once they have been dismissed from the military.
Key facts and data on mass shootings
Since 2009 there has been an average of about one per month.
Mass shootings are overall small, when considering gun violence and murder in the United States due to firearms.
Mass shootings the weapon of choice is the assault weapon leaving deadlier results.
Before the shootings no red flags of mental-health was detected.
In 40 percent of the mass shootings were related to domestic violence.
Around one-third of the mass shootings took place in gun-free zones.
Friends of Aaron Alexis stated that he was unhappy with America. He had money problems and he believed that as a veteran of the navy, he was given the cold shoulder by the government. Aaron Alexis story is not extraordinary. His story is the script of many people who suffer from mental illness here in America.
‘It’s not a gun control problem; it’s a cultural control problem.’ -Bob Barr