The Virginia Tech Massacre: Strategies and Challenges for Improving Mental Health Policy on Campus…

Hardcover | September 30, 2014

EditorAradhana Bela Sood, Robert Cohen

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In the wake of the April 2006 Virginia Tech shootings, governor Timothy Kaine appointed an independent panel to investigate the incident and to recommend potential policy changes that might prevent such a tragedy from occurring again. The incident itself and the work of the panel mobilized theentire nation to examine many aspects of the tragedy, most centrally university mental health systems. Certain aspects of the case raised issues that were not addressed by the resulting report, such as the role of the college mental health system in the lives of young adults, the complexity ofidentifying the mental health needs of students, and the shortcomings of mental health delivery systems within colleges as well the larger community. The Virginia Tech Massacre is based on the experience and unique perspective of Dr. Aradhana Bela Sood, a panel member appointed to the special independent review committee which was asked to consult specifically on the mental health system implications of the VA Tech shooting. This book disclosesSood's personal experience as a child psychiatrist and panel member, and her role in shaping the final report. Sood, along with co-editor Dr. Robert Cohen, who has been involved in studying and reforming mental health policy for more than 40 years, and carefully selected expert contributors takereaders on a journey examining the mental health vulnerabilities of youth transitioning to adulthood, the limitations of existing warning tools for violence, and local, regional, and national gaps in mental health service delivery across the United States. This book offers examples of effective mental health services, policies, and strategies, and it provides concrete and pragmatic recommendations for how to begin overhauling the delivery of mental health services. The Virginia Tech Massacre is topical and timely, given the widespread interfacebetween violence in the public arena and mental health issues. It will be a critical resource to mental health professionals, policymakers and legislators, state and local government officials, higher education personnel, and social workers and others in the human service fields. It will also be ofinterest to those concerned about gun violence and mental health and students in psychiatry, psychology, social work, and public health.

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In the wake of the April 2006 Virginia Tech shootings, governor Timothy Kaine appointed an independent panel to investigate the incident and to recommend potential policy changes that might prevent such a tragedy from occurring again. The incident itself and the work of the panel mobilized theentire nation to examine many aspects of th...

Aradhana Bela Sood, MD, MSHA, is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Senior Professor for Child Mental Health Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She is also Medical Director of VCU's Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Robert Cohen, PhD, is an independent...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I Lessons from VA Tech1. Aradhana Bela Sood: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech2. Hollis Stambaugh and Aradhana Bela Sood: How Could This Have Happened?3. Aradhana Bela Sood and Hollis Stambaugh: Insights from Interviews and Other First-Hand Accounts4. Aradhana Bela Sood: Getting Behind the Mind of the Killer: What Made Him Do It? A Child Psychiatrist's PerspectivePart II Mental Healthcare on Campus5. Aradhana Bela Sood and Adele Martel: Failures in Campus Mental Health Systems: Lessons from Virginia Tech6. Adele Martel and Aradhana Bela Sood: Best Practices and Resources: National Models for College Student Mental Health7. Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, Sala S. Webb, and Aradhana Bela Sood: Predicting Violence in Public PlacesPart III The Mental Healthcare System in the United States8. Aradhana Bela Sood and Robert Cohen: Mental Health Services in the United States: Pre and Post Virginia Tech9. Robert Cohen and Aradhana Bela Sood: Global Perspectives on Mental Health Care10. Robert Cohen and Aradhana Bela Sood: Toward More Responsive Systems of Care: Challenges and StrategiesAradhana Bela Sood: Conclusion: Closing Thoughts