Bottom Line…A number of organizations and individual experts are calling for a public health approach to protect students.Five years after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, another Call to Action has emerged in light of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month in which 17 people were killed. Like the previous one, the new one calls for the promotion of safety and the importance of early intervention.Approximately 200 national organizations and groups and 2,300 individual experts have signed on to the Feb. 28 release of “The Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America,” from the 19‐member Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence.The public health approach, according to their statement, involves three levels of prevention: (1) universal approaches promoting safety and well‐being for everyone, (2) practices for reducing risk and promoting protective factors for persons experiencing difficulties and (3) interventions for individuals where violence is present or appears imminent (see sidebar, right).The national organizations endorsing the statement include the American Federation of Teachers, the American Dance Therapy Association, the Association for Positive Behavior Support and the Campaign for Trauma‐Informed Policy and Practice.Previous action callA previous National Call to
Mental Health Weekly – Wiley
Published: Jan 12, 2018
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