Mental Health Concerns Surround Mass Shootings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Something that should be looked at positively unfortunately is not, and oftentimes people become embarrassed of the idea of seeking help.

But sadly when there's a stigma surrounding mental health services, people don't seek help.

Counselors like Charnequa Kennedy said mental health issues may play a role in mass shootings.

"Anybody could be in a place where they're at a low point, they're feeling humiliated, embarrassed, ashamed, or feel they've been wronged. They can potentially take actions to hurt themselves or others," said Kennedy, Vice President, Integrated Behavioral Health, Ross Behavioral Group.

That's exactly what happened in the Annapolis, Maryland mass shooting, where a lone gunman took five lives at The Capital Gazette. The paper published an article about the shooter, Jarrod Ramos. Ramos later filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper and a staff writer, and the case was eventually dismissed.

But there's only so much you can do if someone shows mental health issues and has not committed anything wrong.

Kennedy is hopeful something can be done to curve the stigma to get people help who need it most.

"We're talking about the need, and not seeing as much follow through with addressing the need," said Kennedy.

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