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Guns in the News: Some Dawson shooting survivors never got needed help: Study

Posted by cgccanada on July 3, 2009

By Peggy Curran, Montreal Gazette
June 29, 2009

MONTREAL — Even though waves of counsellors and psychologists descended on Montreal’s Dawson College after a shooting rampage there three years ago, some students and staff experienced psychological scarring because they were either unwilling or unable to seek help.

Kimveer Gill opened fire at the school on Sept. 13, 2006, killing Anastasia De Sousa and injuring 20 others before killing himself.

In the immediate aftermath, more than 400 people lined up as clinicians set up camp for one-on-one sessions in the study carrels of the college’s library. In the months that followed, anyone from Dawson who sought help was entitled to free counselling from the team at the McGill University Health Centre.

But a study to be presented Tuesday at the International Congress of Law and Mental Health in New York suggests one key shortcoming in the emergency response plan — the difficulty identifying people in distress who are either unwilling or unable to seek help…. more


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