The following is a statement on today’s tragic shootings at Virginia Tech from Linda Rosenberg, MSW, President and CEO, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare:
We extend deep condolences to the students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech on the great loss of life today. The impact of this senseless tragedy will be felt throughout New River Valley, the state of Virginia and college campuses across the nation.
The campus shooting again brings issues of student safety to the forefront in America. Students feel scared and vulnerable, parents worry about their child’s safety, and entire communities are unsure where to turn for help.
We encourage parents, educators and community leaders across the country to reach out to your local mental health centers and addictions treatment providers. They are critical collaborators in supporting and educating those struggling in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Community behavioral healthcare providers are key members of our nation’s communities, serving as the safety net for those in need. In addition to traditional counseling and support services, these providers stand ready to assist in crisis; to support school personnel, faith groups and policymakers working to alleviate the fear and anxiety that follows a national tragedy and the ongoing media coverage that makes it so real and personal for each of us.
To locate a service provider in your community, contact the National Council at http://www.nccbh.org/ or 301-984-6200.
The National Council offers both national and local experts to help journalists better understand the impact of this tragedy and the long-term challenges facing Blacksburg and other college communities. Please contact Meena Dayak at 301-984-6200, ext. 228, or at [email protected] for more information.
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (http://www.nccbh.org/) is a not-for-profit association of 1,300 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addiction disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country.
Source: National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare