April 20, 2007
The tragedy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) in which 32 professors and students were killed has had a profound emotional impact on all Americans—including NAMI members, who consist of individual living with serious mental illnesses, their families and friends.
NAMI offers condolences to all who lost loved ones in the tragedy, including the family of the horribly troubled young man responsible for the rampage—who never received adequate treatment for his illness.
The tragedy raises debate on issues that NAMI has has raised for years over the nation’s fragmented mental healthcare system.The primary purpose of this Web site page is not to engage in debate, but to provide information and resources to people who are still seeking to understand and cope with the tragedy—and to direct them to Web sites where they can express
NAMI’s mission is founded on hope and faith. Out of any tragedy, we hope that some good will come.
This section is for those persons who want to consider policy issues now being debated in the news and legislatures, including Congress. They range from stigma and privacy rights to court-ordered treatment and gun control.
Policy Perspectives on Virginia Tech tragedy
NAMI’s policy positions for the current debate are summarized for consideration in the new round of debate.