Written by Taylor Nicole.
Lately mental illness has been in the news…however it’s not always in the best light. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of reports concerning mental health in relation to the mass shootings that have taken place. And quite frankly, I’m really sick of it.
There’s a lot I could say about mental illness in relation to gun violence.
There’s a lot I could say about mental illness in relation to gun violence. I don’t think people with mental illness should be able to carry, but I also don’t 100% like the fact that non mentally ill people can carry. I’m afraid of getting shot. I’m afraid of guns. Maybe I don’t understand them, but with all the shootings that have happened in the past few years, I’m terrified.
The mental health crisis is so important, yet we only hear about it when there’s a shooting.
There is a mental health crisis in our nation. There is a gun violence crisis in our nation. But do the two go hand in hand? The mental health crisis is so important, yet we only hear about it when there’s a shooting. What about the rest of the time? What about when mental health is the first thing that gets funding cuts? Isn’t anyone concerned about the mentally ill when that happens?
It’s the fact I know if I have a gun I’m more likely to harm myself.
Personally, this mentally ill blogger is not a gun owner. I know gun owners, and a lot of my friends carry. My husband is interested in guns, and he may go to a shooting range some day, but you won’t see me joining. My guns issues with guns does involve my illness. It’s not that I’m going to go and commit the next mass shooting. It’s the fact I know if I have a gun I’m more likely to harm myself. There are still times I’m suicidal. If I have access to a gun I’m not sure that I wouldn’t try and hurt myself if my health plummets. It’s a safety precaution for me, just like not drinking alcohol while on medications. Not owning a gun is just a way I put my health first. I think people with mental illness who own guns are at risk of suicide. But I wouldn’t say I’m afraid for my own safety more than their own.