Anger management is an essential part of reducing U.S. violence
In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting last year, policymakers, healthcare professionals and private citizens across the country all posed one question: What can be done to prevent such tragic acts of violence? Many have argued for stricter gun regulations, while others state that arming school officials would better address this issue. But the discussion has not focused on firearms legislation alone.
Recently, Nurse.com published an article on the role that nurses and other medical professional can play in a more comprehensive approach to combating violence in America.
Francis Desjardins, Director of nursing practice and education at Valley Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, told the source that he believed the ongoing national discussion should expand from gun control to violence in general. This endeavor, he notes, is about more than simply regulating the possession of deadly weapons.
“[P]art of the answer to addressing violence in the U.S. is to create more evidence-based violence prevention and intervention programs, including anti-bullying programs [and] resources for spousal abuse and anger management programs,” the industry news outlet reported, paraphrasing Desjardins’ views.
Another medical professional – Professor Therese Richmond of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – echoed this sentiment, arguing that community programs that address behavioral issues are an essential aspect of countering acts of violence.
Whatever your position on gun control, it’s undeniable that teaching individuals how to identify and cope with their negative emotions in a calm and rational way can benefit the community at large. If you are prone to volatile outbursts, or have a loved one who struggles with their aggression, consider reaching out to an anger management consultant.