Tragedy in Tucson

Jan 21, 2011 2:20 PM

Shooting puts the spotlight on mental health

TUCSON - The January 8 shooting has put a spotlight on mental health - 22-year-old Jared Loughner, the suspect, has a history of disturbing behavior.

A nationwide conference in tucson is emphasizing mental health issues among teens and young adults.

"there's been an increase in pressure in adolescents, just the intensity and volume and the severity of things that you today are exposed to," says Michael Gass with the University of New Hampshire.

Counselors involved are also talking about increasing awareness among families.

To further help the the healing process in Southern Arizona, a support line has been set up by the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona.

Calls are free, and are answered by a professional staff, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week. Callers can remain anonymous.

The number to that hotline is: 520-284-3517

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