The Danger of Linking Mental Illness with Mass Violence

It’s Monday, August 5, 2019 and we’re still reeling from the mass shootings that claimed 20 lives in El Paso on Saturday and another nine in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday.
A Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health found that the contribution of mental health conditions to violence in our society is very small. But  Gallup polling data from January, 2013 showed that 48% of adult Americans blame the mental health system “a great deal” for mass shootings in the United States. When there is an  incident of mass gun violence, mental illness is routinely discussed as a likely cause, and the rights and liberties of the up to 25% of Americans with mental health conditions are placed in jeopardy. 
In the aftermath of the tragedies, the news media often turns to our guest, Mike Brose, for ways the general public can cope with such dark events. Sadly, Mike has been answering these types of questions for decades, including in the aftermath of Columbine, Sandy Hook and, honestly, too many others.
Today, Mike explains the dangers of linking mass violence with mental illness.


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