THIS BLOG POST APPEARED ON OUR JAWONIO WEBSITE TODAY Friday, December 21, 2012:
Thank you to our staff and consumers for participating in the #momentforsandyhook today at 9:30am. #Jawonio was connected inside and outside with our colleagues and joined in the world observation and moment of silence for #Newtown There are no words that can explain the horror or loss. Today, the conversation continues with a demand for answers. We hope that sensitive and fact-based dialogue will occur at our kitchen tables, local communities and on the national level.
What we don’t need are simplistic solutions or a propensity towards labeling; or worse yet, the incorrect assumptions that people with #disabilities #mentalhealth issues will become violent or commit murder.
We can have a discussion about gun violence and behavioral health resources and solutions at the same time.
This past Wednesday, December 19th, we were proud to have been invited by Nancy Cutler, Editor, Lohud.com to serve as part of a panel discussion on the Newtown tragedy. Our own, Dr. Joe Zweig, director of Jawonio’s Personalized Recovery Oriented Services, (PROS) offered his expertise and sensitivity during the live webcast. Our Jawonio staff psychologists and social workers have offered their expertise to our staff and the community at large as well.
This is a national tragedy, with multi-varied levels of emotion and appropriate responses are needed. We join with the Newtown, Connecticut and the world to say that all of us in the Jawonio family wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones. We too will never forget those whose lives have been lost and the heroes that tried to save them.
LINK TO PANEL DISCUSSION LOHUD.COM