(March 1, 2019) – The current climate in discussions concerning gun violence and suicide by firearm in the United States tends to revolve around two subjects with one glaring stigma: the negative perceptions of the gun industry and mental illness.
What if a healthy dialogue can be forged between these two subjects? Can some concrete steps be taken in a positive direction so that we can “walk the talk” and bridge the gap between them?
Walk the Talk America (WTTA), a non-profit initiative supported by firearms importer,Eagle Imports, Inc., believes that yes, the steps can be taken to make this possible.
“We are the first organization opening the dialogue between the firearms industry and the mental health community,” said Michael Sodini, owner of Eagle Imports, Inc. and Founder of WTTA.
WTTA is taking the initiative to foster relationships with firearms companies that are willing to not only support and spread awareness when it comes to mental health, but to also take action. Working with Eagle Imports, Inc., WTTA is pleased to announce its Mental Health Flyer Program. Every purchase a new Bersa, Metro Arms, or Avidity Arms firearm comes with a flyer that provides a link to a free and anonymous mental health screening (wtta.org/love) from Mental Health America. WTTA’s goal is to have such a flyer, providing free awareness and support, included with all purchases of a firearm within the next two years.
Boxes will start shipping in late March or early April 2019, and in a single year, over 50,000 flyers will be distributed.
“Our future plans and policies are not only going to change the current culture and evolve awareness, but it will also save precious lives. Let’s work together to give the world a little more love and understanding. Let’s walk the talk together,” said Michael Sodini.
Screenings at WTTA.org/love allow individuals gain a deeper literacy regarding their present conditions and/or symptoms. By gaining a new understanding, the screenings can provide the ability to: recognize improvements at earlier stages, become aware of warning signs that preclude a relapse, and learn more about self-management.
Michael Sodini is working to increase as much awareness as possible about Walk the Talk America and the initiative’s big-picture mission. Currently, WTTA is proud to have the support of industry leaders such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Armscor, Gunvault, Renzulli Law Firm, Laura Burgess Marketing, Davidson’s, and Lipsey’s.
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About Walk the Talk America:
Our mission is to fund research and development for outreach and promotion of mental health to reduce the misconceptions and prejudices that exist when it comes to mental illness and firearms. We believe we can be a catalyst for change by working with experts in the mental health industry. www.walkthetalkamerica.org