You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe



Access to mental health care is a key part of gun-safety discussion

As neuropsychologists, we applaud the recent focus on strengthening access to mental health care as a critical component of the national gun-safety conversation. Dementia syndromes, traumatic brain injury, severe depression, and psychosis are all brain conditions that can significantly affect an individual’s judgment. For some, access to guns can place them, and others, in danger, with heartbreaking results.

Years of budget and health insurance cutbacks leave many people with severe mental and cognitive disorders without sufficient supports or treatment. We appreciate recent Globe pieces highlighting the lack of parity between available mental health services and other medical services (“A list far too long,” Metro, Jan. 11) and the high rates of suicide when gun access is easy (“Who guns really kill,” Ideas, Jan. 20).

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week