Parents of Accent Signage shooter in Minn. speak about mental illness

9:19 AM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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RICHFIELD, Minn. - Following last Friday's shooting deaths in Newton, Connecticut, there has been a great deal of national discussion about gun control.

But a Twin Cities couple all too familiar with tragedy believes more needs to be done to treat those with mental illness.

In September, their son Andrew Engeldinger shot and killed six people at Accent Signage in Minneapolis before turning the gun on himself.

Andrew's parents, Chuck and Carolyn Engeldinger, say they tried to push him to seek treatment for paranoia and delusions, but he was an adult and refused help.

The Engeldingers shared their story with KARE 11's Julie Nelson on Tuesday with the hope it gets people talking about mental illness and what we can do to better understand and treat it.

One person who joined the Engeldingers in their conversation to improve mental health treatment is Sue Adberholden, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

"There is not an illness that is discriminated against more than mental illness," Abderholden said. "The best way to reduce the stigma around mental illness is to actually talk about it."

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