I am terribly saddened by the shooting that happened today at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
Feeling safe is everything and this feeling is being erased from our communities. I AM SO SICK OF FEELING SAD ABOUT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN!!!!!!
I think we need to talk more about mental illness. So many mental illness behaviors cause serious problems with relationships and work. So many young people are discarded by family and friends because they just can't handle them anymore. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate as much as 25 percent of the American population has some form of mental illness.
We raise money for so many worthy causes. People with mental illnesses are worth helping too. We don't like to talk about the family members and neighbors that have anxiety, depression, social disorders or mood swings. We don't like the homeless, we don't want them in our neighborhoods.We just don't know what to do when it is hard to help someone. We need to talk about what has worked to help those with mental illness so we can try and find the answers to prevent these horrific events. We can learn what to do. We can make a difference.
Beautiful prayer by Glennon Doyle Melton:
"God, hold close the mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, and friends waiting for news about their Oregon beloveds. Send peace to the terrified. Send comfort to the mourning. Send miracles to the wounded. Send strength and courage to the first responders. Send healing to the witnesses. Send tenderness and brokenheartedness to the rest of us. Only the next of kin get the terrible call- but we are all kin. We belong to each other, so we are all called to respond. Send us the wisdom and courage we need to heal this country. God Bless Oregon, and God bless us all."