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Tim Jorgensen, Enderlin, N.D., Published December 20 2012

Letter: Pay attention to ‘quiet kids’

How many times have we heard this one following a tragedy of any magnitude? Mental health not only includes proper boundaries, respected etiquette but also proper abilities to communicate without erratic and unpredictable mood fluctuations. Mental health also includes regular and routine positive social interaction.

Too often, we hear about these “lone wolves” going out of control and bringing untold sorrow and misery to innocent victims through unexplainable and harmful behavior. Perhaps it is time for parents, relatives and caregivers to take the time to ask children and young adults, “How are you feeling?”

Maybe if a child or young adult were encouraged to communicate in a safe and healthy environment with a present, time-conscious and safe adult or counselor, some of these unhealthy, reckless and dangerous thoughts might be disarmed before they turn into unforgiveable and senseless actions. Maybe it is time we start to pay a little more attention to these “quiet kids.”