I am Adam Lanza’s Mother

I have several mentally ill family members, and fortunately they are not homicidal, but trying to find help for them always proved difficult at best. If you do find help, you must be able to afford it, which is even more impossible, if the patient has been disowned or was a ward of the state because there really is no one looking out for them. This letter speaks volumes.


By Melanie Nathan, December 18, 2012.

Screen Shot 2012-12-19 at 1.40.32 PMSince the Sandy Hook tragedy there has been a dramatic shift in the discussion about guns in America, with some remarkable statistics coming from the NRA, now showing that their membership favors stronger gun control, even though their operatives continue to lobby against. It took twenty dead seven year olds to have the conversation where people are talking in a way they have not spoken before and as I have said on social media, now IS the time to have this discussion and its call for drastic measures cannot wait another second.    But guns are not the only issue.

An incendiary mix waiting to detonate found its form in Adam Lanza, who by all accounts was mentally ill, and the easy access to the gun collection of a mother, calls into focus both issues- gun control and the chronic lack of mental health resources!

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  1. It’s important to point out that your family members with mental illness are in no way the exception–the vast majority of people living with mental illness are not homicidal. They are much more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators of it.

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