Seminole Charity Helps Decipher Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Originally posted on January 3, 2013 By Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel

Although those with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators, there are tragic exceptions — including last month’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. And one Central Florida agency wants to help educate the public on potential warning signs before the next crisis occurs.

“We believe it could save lives — not only in the physical sense, but also in the emotional sense,” said Jim Berko, president and CEO of Central Florida’s Seminole Behavioral Healthcare. “Intervening appropriately with a person suffering from mental illness can make all the difference in the world in their life and in the lives of those around them.”

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