By John W. McManusPublished Oct. 29, 2018 12:39:16With the number of people killed in the line of duty in the U.S. being in the triple digits this year, there is an opportunity for the country to consider new ways to reduce the death toll.
A new report from the University of Michigan and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health calls for an expansion of mental health services, more education, and greater investment in mental health resources.
The report calls for a nationwide mental health strategy, and for the creation of new mental health organizations to improve access and coordination between mental health facilities, researchers say.
“These recommendations will be a crucial step forward to reduce deaths from gun violence, but we must do more to help people with serious mental illness get the help they need,” said Jennifer A. Nussbaum, a professor in the Johns Wayne State University School of Social Work and lead author of the report.
“The stakes are too high for the federal government to be indifferent to the need for a national strategy for addressing mental health, and that’s why the report is so important.”
The report also calls for the United States to invest in mental healthcare and training, and to expand mental health support for the elderly and people with disabilities.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research found that the United Kingdom had the highest rate of firearm deaths among developed countries in the world.
In 2017, the United Nations reported that the country had the second highest number of firearm homicides per capita in the developed world.
In addition to the United State, the report also noted that the number was the highest in Mexico, the third highest in Italy, and the highest among South Korea.
“With the nation still reeling from the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the rise in mass shootings in other Western countries, it is important to understand how these gun deaths are happening and to plan for their impacts,” Nussbaums report said.
“This report is critical for the U,S.
government to recognize the role that mental health plays in preventing mass violence, and it is particularly important for states and localities to develop and implement policies that address mental health.”
The United States has the highest rates of gun violence in the United World.
In the United states, an average of 2,078 people are killed by firearms each day.
The University of Maine said it was working to create a new campus mental health resource center and is partnering with other universities to develop training for students and staff to better understand mental health issues.
“I want to remind everyone that these are not the words of a terrorist, they are not a terrorist plot,” U.M. President Teresa A. Sullivan said in a statement.
“These are not acts of violence, they represent a serious mental health issue.”
The school is located in the northern New England city of Lewiston, which is home to a large number of students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
The school has been working with the National Institute of Mental Health to help create a campus mental wellness resource center that would provide additional mental health awareness and services for students.