State focuses on mental health, gun violence crises made worse by COVID

ctpost | As life returns to normal in Connecticut, the first state in the nation to fully vaccinate 50 percent of its adult population against COVID-19, the pandemic’s mental health toll wages on.

Low infection rates, declining hospitalizations and deaths in the single-digits are all signs the state is “making real progress when it comes to our physical health,” Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday, but he added, “we still do have some healing to do and a lot of that is related to mental health.”

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Desperate to stop epidemic of gun violence, CT lawmakers seek answers from experts

The CT Mirror | When lawmakers gathered Friday to listen to experts from hospitals and community groups about efforts to reduce gun violence in Connecticut’s cities, there were no calls to defund the police.

But there were no calls, either, to give police more money. Instead, the emphasis was on funding the organizations saving lives in cities like Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury, where 70 percent of Connecticut’s gun homicides occur.

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Gun violence surged in Connecticut’s largest cities in 2020. Policymakers say it’s an epidemic that needs renewed attention.

Hartford Courant | Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, state lawmakers passed some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws.

Yet the toll of gun violence in Connecticut’s largest cities has not stopped, leading for a call for a new state initiative to fund and implement programs to address the issue.

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