U.S. Reps. Ron Barber, a Democrat from Arizona, and Lynn Jenkins, a Kansas Republic, yesterday co-hosted a briefing sponsored by the National Council Behavioral Healthcare on The Mental Health First Aid Act.
Barber has been a longtime supporter of the mental health training program which has trained 1,400 people in his district to increase awareness of mental illness. Barber released the following statement about the briefing:
"I am encouraged by the strong bipartisan support for The Mental Health First Aid Act in both the House and Senate. As we continue to look for ways to reduce gun violence across our country and in our communities, we must not forget the importance of reducing the stigma around mental illness and investing in mental health services.
"As a survivor of the mass shooting in Tucson two years ago, I am determined that no one else should have to endure such grief and loss. We know that untreated or undiagnosed mental illness has been a factor in a number of the recent mass shootings and we can and must do better to increase awareness and access to treatment."