Psychiatrist says associating mental illness with violence distorts the facts

Mar 22, 2018

Abbasi said a lot of the rhetoric out there about mental illness and violence "deepens" and "darkens" the stigma surrounding mental health.
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Last month's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida prompted the President to call for more attention to mental health.

That's a common response to these violent events – Sandy Hook, Columbine, Las Vegas, the theater shooting in Colorado, and so many more.

So how should we think about mental health in the wake of tragedies like these?

Michigan State University psychiatrist Dr. Farha Abbasi joined Stateside today to answer that question.

Listen above to hear her explain why it’s a distortion to associate mental illness with violence, and what the consequences are of doing so in the media and political rhetoric. You'll also hear her detail the data on gun violence and its relationship to mental illness. 

Minding Michigan is Stateside’s ongoing series that examines mental health issues in our state.


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