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Author Topic: Mental Health Issues Aren’t the Main Driver of Violence Toward Others  (Read 6815 times)

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In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, the mainstream media is widely reporting that the attacker, Omar Mateen, may have had a history of violence and mental illness. Mateen killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others at a gay nightclub this past weekend, and mental health advocates are stressing that news stories often wrongly link violence with mental illness. Meanwhile, recent study findings, published in the journal Health Affairs, show that less than 5 percent of violent attacks in the United States are actually linked to people with mental disorders.



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