We’re all trying to better understand why violence occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School last week. We also want to know what we as adults can do to reduce the number of violent acts that occur in our country. What do our youth need that they’re not getting? What is at the very root of acting out in violent behavior? What connection is there between mental health and the Christian faith?
I’ve decided to turn to an expert in the field to bring some considerations to you.
Chapman Clark is a Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. A few months ago, Chapman spoke at my home church, Transformation Church in Indian Land, S.C., on the topic of parenting and the needs of young people.
Having an appreciation of what he had to say to us during his teaching at church accompanied with his insight into the world of young adults, I invited Chap to participate in a question and answer interview to discuss this topic.
I posted our interview on the Health Blog at the Christian Post. You can read his comments here – Mental Health and Violence. A Christian Response to the Sandy Hook Shooting to Help Parents Better Understand.
Subsequent to my post, June Hunt published an article there titled Suicide Prevention: 3 Stages to Watch Out For. It’s worth reading as well.