Last month, President Obama released his plan to reduce gun violence.
I am deeply thankful for the President’s leadership in acknowledging that both gun violence and unaddressed and severe mental health issues have all too often played a role in tragedies like those in Newtown, Connecticut and communities across the nation and the need for increased dialogue on mental health in our country is imminent.
Whether at a school, group home, clinic or hospital, SEIU members believe that the right to a safe, secure workplace should be fundamental for all workers. When direct support workers and mental health providers go to work every day, they should never have to worry about getting hurt or losing their lives. And while the vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent, unaddressed and severe mental health issues have been a common thread in too many of the recent mass killings.
Sadly, the SEIU family has also been deeply affected by violence in the workplace. Four SEIU members in the healthcare and mental health industry have lost their lives recently.
It is up to us to continue to promote a culture of safety not just on our jobs, but in our communities as well.
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