GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Grayson County is being proactive about helping those in the community with mental health issues. It's an effort to give people the information they need and encourage them to reach out for help.
Chilling youtube videos and a 140 page manifesto are all that's left behind to help us understand why 22-year-old Elliot Rodgers, the college student with a history of mental illness, went on a killing spree last week, leaving 7people dead, including himself.
While the crime scenes from his shooting rampage are scattered across the California town of Isla Vista, the fear has spread across America.
A tragedy like this could happen anywhere. The green ribbons decorating the trees at the Grayson County Courthouse are part of a movement to start the conversation about mental illness right here in Texoma.
This year, Grayson County partnered with the Texoma Community Center to proclaim May, "Mental Health Awareness Month."
"To reach out to people family and individuals who may not usually seek mental health treatment and encourage them that they might reach out to do that," said Danielle Mihm with the Texoma Community Center.
She says just because someone has a mental health issue, does not mean they are a danger. But it's important for them to seek treatment.
Texas Health Presbyterian WNJ's Kris Akin says one in five people could develop a mental illness, and women are more likely to reach out for help.
"It's a ratio of three to two--women to men--of people who recognize they need help and go get help," said Akin. community intake coordinator.
Akin says anytime you're not feeling like yourself it's a good idea to visit your doctor, and ask about getting a mental health assessment.