The recent shootings at the Sandy Hook School in Connecticut and the Aurora, Colorado movie theater, many are pushing for more gun regulations.
But, some locals believe the issue runs much deeper than firearms.
"We're not saying the gun is the problem, that is one issue I don't think we're going to talk about it,” said Medhat Elmesky, the director of the Islamic Understanding Center. “I don't think we need to deal with it at all. The solution is to see what mental health disorder is in our society."
The Islamic Understanding Center believes it is time for an in-depth discussion about mental illness, and opportunities for diagnoses and treatments.
"We are really dealing with mental health problems and now we can identify that with families so we can actually treat it," said Elmesky.
The Avicenna Free Clinic is also sponsoring Thursday’s workshop, featuring a number of medical and law enforcement professionals.
The topics will range from local mental health services available in the schools and law enforcement's role in responding to mental health crises.
The workshop is free and open to the public.
It will be held at Gulf Coast State College's Sarazin Lecture Hall beginning from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Thursday night.