Monday’s tragedy in Washington D.C. showed again the tragedy and sorrow of mental illness.
Anyone who deals with any of the various forms of mental illness understands the hurt and sorrow associated with it. If you have family members affected, you understand the pain more than anyone else.
If this were terrorism wouldn’t we face this head on and do something to overcome the problem? Why won’t we seek to solve this particular problem? People are hurting. Our society can help.
While the society at large must take charge for large scale solutions, there are things you and I can do to help one another.
What can I do to help my own mental outlook and emotional well being as well as the people around me?
We have to understand the importance of the decisions we make today.
First, find a worshiping community and get closely involved in it. We need one another and we particularly need people who will love us and help us with our needs.
The church gets a bad rap and some of it is justified. But I have never seen a church turn away people with emotional problems. Churches care. Find a church and work to make yourself part of the solution.
Second, connect with people on a regular basis. The last three mass shootings in our country involved isolated people. We all need people around us. Other people help us handle emotions and see reality.
Families are essential to the fabric of the country. Our recent attempt to minimize the importance of marriage and families is detrimental to our future. There is a reason why God gave us two parents and accountable families.
Third, look for people to help. I’m not naive. We can’t deal with the most serious illnesses, but we can care for hurting, isolated people who need a friend. We can make sure our churches reach out to help.
In the meantime, let us pray for the hurting people of DC and let us pray for the family of Aaron Alexis.