I find myself agreeing with Catherine - that as valuable as it is to reflect upon the lives cut short, it is equally as valuable (or perhaps more so in a preventative stance) for us to take the opportunity to educate ourselves on how to engage, interact, and responsibly follow through on our experiences with persons we perceive to be mentally ill. It may be that tragedies like this are unavoidable with a compelling paranoid personality that is focused on destructiion. However, what I think is more often the case, and rarely celebrated, are the countless lives touched by mental illness, whether a mild depression or severe bi-polar, that make it through another day thanks to the community and conversation that engages them as one of their own. When we treat our communities like extended family, I think we are much more apt to notice slight changes in a concerning direction and feel both the responsiblity and compassion to act upon it.
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