Although many youths desist in aggressive and antisocial behavior during late adolescence, others are disproportionately at risk for becoming involved in or otherwise affected by gun violence.The most consistent and powerful predictor of future violence is a history of violent behavior.The mental health community must take the lead in advocating for community-based collaborative problem-solving models to address the prevention of gun violence.Such models should blend prevention strategies in an effort to overcome the tendency within many community service systems to operate in silos.Thanks to the dedicated work of our Soroptimist clubs and members, and the support of our generous donors and supporters, Soroptimist accomplished much in the last year.
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Although it is important to recognize that most people suffering from a mental illness are not dangerous, for those persons at risk for violence due to mental illness, suicidal thoughts, or feelings of desperation, mental health treatment can often prevent gun violence.
Policies and programs that identify and provide treatment for all persons suffering from a mental illness should be a national priority.