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Violence & the Mentally Ill: Stigma’s Toll

The link between violence and the mentally ill is demonstrably weak, yet from public discourse you would hardly know that more than three decades of research have shown this. Whenever a mass shooting is reported, some pundits cite the perpetrator’s putative mental illness as the cause, in so doing implying that those with mental illnesses are inherently dangerous.
This is not so, write Bernice Pescosolido, Bianca Manago, and John Monahan in a 2019 Health Affairs article. In “Evolving Public Views on …

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