by Michelle Sicignano, LMSW, Staff Writer, SJS
I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother, by Liza Long
is a heart-wrenching first person account that is both scary and true. I urge everyone to read the piece (accessed through this link). This woman’s pain and helplessness is too real for too many. The stigma associated with mental illness has long-reaching, devastating impact from the amount of money and time and policy solutions to every day horrors and heartbreaking devastation. Too few solutions, too little real dialogue, and very limited ongoing aid are available. Gun control is an easy answer that doesn’t begin to touch the extent of this horrible horrible problem. Nothing can ever explain the horror and sadness and utter devastation caused in Newton, Connecticut. Nothing will ever make such horrific, wanton destruction acceptable. Blaming is not a solution, and offers no comfort. We must address the real causes and acknowledge that our systems are broken and we are failing our children and our families.