Think Like an Editor blog by Steve Davis and Emilie Davis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Mental Illness – What To Do On Campus

By · Thursday, January 13th, 2011

One of the more disturbing issues of the Tucson shootings is the mental state of the gunman. Story after story has described his odd behavior and run-ins at the community college he attended. Just as many stories have explained that a person who might be mentally ill does not necessarily exhibit violent behavior or commit a crime. How does one know if a person is mentally ill, whether there is cause for concern and what to do?

Here is what Newsweek has reported. And Time. And The New York Times.

Why do we bring up this topic here? Because of the connection with a college setting. As news reports indicate, it is easy for a person who needs help to be overlooked.

Our advice to students:

These tips can apply to professionals at news organizations as well.

Being a member of any community — college or professional — comes with responsibilities. The more you know, the more comfortable you will feel, and the more effective you will be in helping one another.

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