Dallas Morning News-Letter to the Editor

Take a look at my Letter to the Editor in the Dallas Morning News: http://letterstotheeditorblog.dallasnews.com/2013/01/afraid-of-more-mental-health-stigma.html/

Media, Reality Shows and Violence. Where is the Connection?

Below is a link to an article about the teenage boy who killed his mother and sister in early October 2012 in a nearby suburb of Dallas. It is truly chilling to take a look inside the mind of this young man, to hear his thought process about killing his family. He stated that his thoughts started after watching the re-made version of the horror movie Halloween. I have never been of the inclination that media can cause someone to commit a violent act. However, I do firmly believe that our current media-saturated, reality show inundated society has numbed people and given them a skewed view of reality. I believe that many people, especially children and teens, do not have a firm grasp on the c

Mental Health, Violence, and President Obama’s Executive Orders

I work as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Dallas Metro area. I have been in this field for almost 15 years and am currently more saddened than I have ever been, but also more hopeful. I am hopeful because there is now a brighter spotlight on mental health needs in our society. However, much of the legislation that is taking place is reactive and not proactive. We need to take a look at the foundation of our system, not react by taking away individual rights (privacy/HIPPA, the second amendment, and free speech). I am fearful that the new executive orders will make people even more apprehensive to seek out mental health treatment for fear of their privacy being infringed upon. And th

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Margery Boucher, MA, MS, LPCS North Texas Counseling and Education Center, 2014.