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Preventative Measures for Violence and Depression

It seems violence is spiking in America with recent tragedies that have devastated on a large scale, so it's only fair to throw out the conversation of mental health again. Sure, sociopaths exist -- but how much of the violence in our nation could be prevented? It would be hard to put a percentage on that, but I do know there are a few problems that could be addressed that would possibly alleviate some of the tragic events that are happening.

Divorce rate

Just knowing that 40 to 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce should be enough to make couples immediately go to counseling. Now consider the trauma those divorcees have experienced, and then add in the kids they most likely have, and that makes a new set of people that will suffer the consequences of that divorce. This trauma leads to depression that can turn into violence, suicide, etc. After experiencing a traumatic separation myself, I can say that getting the proper help for me and my child kept us from a debilitating depression. More value needs to be placed on domestic problems, and proper counseling needs to be offered and available to all going through it.

Following development rules for kids

When my daughter's dad and I separated, I wasted no time in researching child development. I knew following her development and what she could handle as far as visitation was concerned was important. She was an early toddler, so I knew stability, structure, and security were important. Instead of just going with the standard visitation plan, I spoke with her pediatrician to make sure we as parents were making the best decisions for our child. Following the developmental guidelines and taking changes slowly has helped her transition, and hopefully eliminated depression-related consequences now, as well as later in life. No matter the age of the child, it is important to really understand their development and what they can handle. If you find you have pushed them too far and they are acting out, then counseling would be a good next step.

Helping kids heal after death

Losing a parent or loved one is tough, and unfortunately many young kids and teens have to deal with this issue. When something this traumatic happens, it is very important that you talk to your kids, and even get counseling for the family. Looking back on my experience as a teen that lost a dad, I would say counseling would have helped me. It's also very important for surrounding family members to deal with their feelings in a healthy way, and focus on the children that are left grieving at such a vulnerable age.

Teaching moral responsibility

As a parent, I have noticed when my child is interacting with other kids there seems to be a great number of children that have no moral compass. On top of that, parents aren't reaching out to teach them. They allow their kids to take toys from others, hit, shove, and simply get their way. The kids are screaming at their parents and instead of putting their foot down, the parents are letting the kids be the boss. This is creating a society where people have no respect for anyone else. Without respect for property and life, these kids are growing up without a conscience to tell them hurting someone else is wrong.

Mental health is a serious issue and comes with a heavy price tag. While some may be incurable, it is worth a try to make a difference with the small things in life that sometimes get overlooked.

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