The Virginia Tech Massacre
Strategies and Challenges for Improving Mental Health Policy on Campus and Beyond
Edited by Aradhana Bela Sood and Robert Cohen
Reviews and Awards
"With ongoing political, cultural, and ethical discussions both locally and nationally around issues of gun control, freedom of speech, privacy, and an ongoing urgent need to combat stigma of mental illness, this book holds a unique place in the dialogue- offering more insight and evidence for our collective consideration. Dr. Sood's window to this event is unique, and while she uses research to support her assertions, her ability to use this event through which to propose more detailed intervention and preventions is impressive. Readers at all levels of training and career as well as varied disciplines will benefit from this book." - Amy M. Ursano, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, University of North Carolina
"Virginia Tech, Santa Barbara, Connecticut, Columbine" - the list grows longer each year. What must we do as a nation to prevent these terrible tragedies? Dr. Sood, Dr. Cohen, and their colleagues reach beyond the blame game to identify what we all could have done better to prevent the Virginia Tech massacre. They examine the contributions of inadequately funded student services, the challenges of a legal system that places individual rights over public safety, the profound inadequacies of our mental health system, and the contributions of our nation's poorly conceived gun laws to this awful event. They identify the missed opportunities in each sector that, if realized, might have helped prevent it. They distill lessons we can use to help prevent similar future tragedies. Policymakers and concerned citizens: read fast. This is the type of information we need to create real and meaningful change.