Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:15 pm

Mental Illness & Gun Violence

Birmingham Friends Meeting,1245 Birmingham Road,West Chester, PA 19382

We often hear that mental illness is a key problem in gun violence. Many mental health professionals say this is untrue and a dangerous message to be sending.  This meeting will explore why some believe mental illness is behind gun violence and what concerns mental health professionals have about this message. What does each group mean by “mental illness?”  If it is an issue, what can be done to help address it?  If “mental illness” is not a significant factor, what are the concerns that lead people to these conclusions and how can we address those concerns?  We will have a representative from Chester County Department of Mental Health available to address what mental health resources are available to assist individuals in need of assistance. Join us for this important presentation and discussion.

Saturday, Oct. 6:  10 am – 3:30 pm

Student Activist Conference

Main Hall, 720 S. High Street, West Chester University, West Chester PA

Are you a student who wants to get involved with reducing gun violence but is not sure where to start? Or, are you already involved but looking for some information and guidance?

Join us for our Student Activist Conference on Saturday, Oct. 6 at West Chester University.

What:  Learning, Discussion, Planning related to Reducing Gun Violence

When:  Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018  9:30 am Coffee & Conversation; 10 am program start; 3:30 pm program finish.

Where:  Main Hall, West Chester University — 720 S. High Street, West Chester PA 19382

How:  The event is free, but we ask that you register for our planning purposes and so we can send you some material before the event.  Register here:  Registration

All interested students are welcome.

Questions? Email

Conference Topics:

  • Gun Law:  Past & Present
  • Building Bridges with Diverse Constituencies
  • Media Matters:  Tips for Working with Traditional and Social Media Outlets
  • Advocacy Approaches:  What to Use, When, & How to Make It Happen
  • Planning Your Next Steps