JOPLIN, MO.--- Deanna Street sees patients who's children have diagnosable mental disorders. It's a challenge for them.
"Struggle for them in trying to find a balance of, I blame myself, that kind of thing. There's a lot of difficulty in coming to terms with it," states Deanna Street, Counselor.
It's even more of challenge for them if their kids commit crimes.
"Why? How did this happen? Sorting through and trying to figure out is there something I could've done different," states Street.
With the tragedy in Newtown, the issue of mental health is being brought back to light.
"The mental stability of a person is always in question when something like this happens," says Street.
Rick Wiseman with National Alliance on Mental Illness in Joplin agrees, he works to spread education of these issues.
"I think it will come to light because that's the tag that seems to be hung on everyone who commits an act that they're mentality ill," states Rick Wiseman, Alliance of Mental Illness.
He wants the public to be more of mental health.
"If you have somebody who is suffering from mental illness you don't wanna know anything about it," states Wiseman.
Mental health professionals like Street says there needs to be more awareness about when to step in.
"The reality is, very few times people need to step in but if they're suicidal or if they're going to hurt someone that's when it's time to step in," states Street.
Parents and mental health professionals alike agree that with helpful resources.
"There's always hope," says Street.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a program called "Mental Health Firsthand" which teaches people how to respond if someone has an episode. If you want more information on that, click here.