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Mental Health Professionals Testify Before Ohio Senate

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Mental health professionals educated senators about the prevalence of mental illness Tuesday night at the Ohio Statehouse, one year after the deadly Chardon school shootings.

Jim Adams, CEO of the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services told members of the Senate School Safety Task Force in the year since three teens were gunned down, eight Chardon High School students have attempted suicide and one parent took their life.

Adams says tells NBC4's Denise Alex that Vietnam veterans called the crisis line, their post traumatic stress disorders triggered by the gun violence.

The panel members stressed the importance of mental health help.

"If we can identify anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia earlier, the earlier the treatment starts the better the outcomes are," said Adams.

He added some family members of the Chardon shooting victims are still undergoing treatment.

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