[Statement] Dr. Tim Clinton Calls for Focus on Mental Health to Address Shootings

LYNCHBURG, VA — Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, issues the following statement in response to Wednesday’sshooting at a Broward County, Florida, high school:

“For high school students in Florida today, the normalcy of afternoon classes was replaced with horror and trauma. Authorities are still piecing together the details of what took place, but what is certain is that the lives of dozens, if not hundreds, of people will be forever scarred by the actions taken by a former student of the school.

“Today we grieve and stand with the parents, students and all those who were touched by the senseless act of violence in today’s school shooting in Florida. This tragedy, like so many before, highlights the glaring need for our country to better understand and address mental health issues. I agree with Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie who said mental health issues, ‘need to be addressed within our school systems as well as the broader society to make sure these tragedies don’t continue.’ To prevent these atrocities we must identify and reach out to those who need our caring intervention, guiding them to healing and away from potentially harmful decisions. For today, though, we must focus our efforts on comforting the brokenhearted and those traumatized by the evil they encountered.”

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About the AACC
With nearly 50,000 members worldwide, the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is the world’s largest and most diverse association of Christian counseling professionals. The AACC’s mission is to equip the entire community of care, including licensed professionals, pastors and lay caregivers, with biblical truth and psychosocial insights so they can minister to hurting persons and help them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence and mental stability. The AACC accomplishes this mission through its widely attended events, its educational programs and materials available via Light University and the AACC’s publications. Life, Love and Family, hosted by AACC President Tim Clinton, Ph.D., airs on American Family Radio and is heard MondayFriday on nearly 300 stations.

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